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The characters in the 18 stories that comprise Restless Dreams, a collection of short stories, share a certain resemblance: tired eyes, a slow trudging step, and the distracted air of someone with lots on her mind, some of it unspeakable. But despite sore feet and an aching heart, each yearns for better days, aims for what is right, and makes it all work somehow. She’s a ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing
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“Restless Dreams” is an eclectic collection of short fiction that defies “genre.” Several pieces are crime or mystery stories, and others (my favorites) are suspenseful with a hint of crime (“No Falling Ribbons” and “Something to Tell Harry”) or fanciful (“Lady Tremaine’s Rebuttal,” “Brown Jersey Cow,” and “Side Effects”) or slice-of-life (“The Fitting Room” and “Snow Day”). Another of my favorites is told by a very interesting narrator (“Gone, Gone, Gone”). Pullen’s writing is smart and lively, ...more
The women in these stories are struggling moms, hairdressers, nannies, trying to make it in the gritty reality of the underpaid and overworked. Their lives flicker at the edge of danger, loss, and fear, but they dream of better things. Karen Pullen has an ear for the voices of young women on the edge of desperation. This is some delicious reading, but don't expect it to be pretty. Pullen knocks the sense into you with these tough girl stories, tapping some deep truths about our times.