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Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories

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Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teen daughter will make it onto the stage. C.J. adopts his dead grandmother’s dog, risking eviction but opening himself to the possibility of love. Brianna uses a spoonful of pudding as a weapon. Judy begins a secret life as an erotica writer. Jake’s Bar Mitvah preparations reveal tensions that ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Terrella Media
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Ann-Marie
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audrey Kalman's stories were uncomfortable for me to read. They all seemed unfinished somehow, as if something was missing. It was as if she had baked a batch of cookies and left out some ingredient, but the faster couldn't quite tell what it was.
And, the more of her cookies I ate the more convinced I became she did it on purpose.
I see her with all the ingredients lined up on her counter. One by one, she adds them to the mixer. She reached for this one, the vanilla, and thinks, "Not this tim
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Carrie
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, arcs
This beautiful collection of short stories takes the reader into the minds of characters who could, in reality, be any one of us. Through their introspection and self-reflection, we re-experience our own lives as parents, siblings, and children, and—in a remarkably relatable and emotional piece—even a pet.

Kalman has a knack for weaving sentences you want to read and then reread to absorb not only their beauty, but their depth: “Frank is a grain of sand that causes Ingrid to accrete layer upon la
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James
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am hesitant to compare writers, but I'll freely admit that Ms. Kalman's short stories had me thinking about my favorite short story writers, Salinger, Carver, Bradbury, et al.

The stories in this book are more impressionist character studies than event-driven narratives. I'll confess to feeling a little guilty for having peeked into the lives of some of the characters.

Although most of the stories left me in a gloomy mood, I'm happy I discovered this collection of stories and their talented wr
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Ronald Keeler
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Tiny Shoes Dancing by Audrey Kalman is a collection of twenty short stories. Kalman selects significant elements from primarily insignificant lives, the lives that don’t get a mention in the supermarket tabloids. Short stories are great; they fill time and are portable. There is no guilt in not completing them because you can always put off the pesky routine tasks which you know you have to do … right after you finish the short story you are reading. The stories in this collection are great beca ...more
Rubery Book Award
Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award 2019

The title story is about an obsessive mother, Judy, who's living vicariously through her daughter, an aspiring ballerina. Her daughter doesn't arrive for the latest performance and what follows is a story of obsession and guilt, unpacked with fluency and effortless, inventive imagery. The second piece, Forget Me, Forget Me Not focuses on an obsessive long-distance runner in training; her running route takes her toward a meeting at an agreed spot with her
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Alicia M
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from Voracious Readers. A collection of short stories that showcase various families and their struggles, triumphs, worries and experiences. The stories deal with topics such as anorexia, family pressure, marital troubles, the fine line between attraction and obsession, love and reincarnation/reinvention. Sometimes intertwined, the stories creep through the characters lives to show readers what happens behind closed doors.

I gave this book 3.5 stars. The collection overa
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Elise Miller
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audrey Kalman has conferred a starring role to language in Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories. In the titular story, mother Jody gives her daughter a “name that would allow her to skim the stage like an angel. Not a name like her own, which sounds like work boots thumping on a dirty floor.” Later, daughter Adeline’s cream satin shoes “brushed the floor with the sound of an expelled sigh.” Like all Kalman’s imagery, this forerunner of things to come serves the characters and moves the story for ...more
Ritu
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read short stories in a while, and it was lovely to get back to reading them with this evocative book. I think the fun of short stories is that you can jump around based on the intriguing titles and that's what I did. I think Audrey has an insight into people that makes her work compelling. I always love character-driven work - whether it's in books or in T.V. (I watch shows like Father Brown or old Rabindranath Tagore stories because it's the character and their complexities that draw ...more
Bill Baynes
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Tiny Shoes Dancing, the new story collection from Audrey Kalman, presents the private moments and personal fears of ordinary Americans. Her credible, recognizable characters are not always nice, not always human and not often happy.

A runner falls and wonders whether anyone will ever find her. A girl boots her cheating spouse like her mother did her father. A husband reincarnates as a dog and tries to get his wife to “own” him. A makeup artist makes out with an underwear model. A man has to force
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James Hanna
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Curiouser and Curiouser.” This quip from Alice in Wonderland resonates sharply in Tiny Shoes Dancing, a collection of twenty-one short stories to be admired as much for their craftsmanship as their depictions of human disconnect. I will never forget the concluding image of the title story, where a stage mother is assailed by the sight of ballet slippers dancing out of step with her hunger for vicariously glory. But my favorite is “Untitled Erotica,” in which a housewife seeks a career as the ne ...more
Laura
I am giving this book 4 stars NOT because this is an author you don`t want to piss off.
Her imagination can go to some very dark places and be exceptionally creative. Her prose is beautiful and delightfully illustrative. Before she takes us to a dark place she fills the world with light and possibilities. It just seems that she eventually leads down a darkened path.
Not all stories will tell you what actually happens. The best part of a story or book over a film or other media is how your mind f
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Eve
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anything written by Audrey Kalman is creative, thought-provoking, and very well written. So it is with her latest, "Tiny Dancing Shoes." Kalman examines a wide range of topics through a series of short stories that delve into the human condition - from small daily routines to big picture, weighty philosophical questions. The current film, "Hearts Beat Loud" has a gem of a quote: "We turn life's conundrums into art." This is precisely what Audrey Kalman has done in this enlightening volume of sho ...more
Emily
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tiny Shoes Dancing And Other Stories by Audrey Kalman is a collection of her short stories that are written with a dark edge.

Each story is unique with its unexpected twist and spin, and more often than not would lead readers down a dark path of fascination. The author normally would leave the stories “open-ended”, allowing readers to imagine their perspective on the endings.

This is my first read of Audrey Kalman, and I adore her creative spin of these short stories that are not uncommon because
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Jessica
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author's prose and short stories were really well written. The author is able to fill your imagination with light and then suddenly take it down a dark path. I like how the author allows you to imagine your own version of how the story ends by leaving a cliffhanger, however, as I kept reading I just wanted the author's version of how the story ends. (That is why I am leaving 4 stars and not 5)
Stephanie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a collection of 20 short stories Audrey succeeds in taking the reader on an emotional journey through some of the most tragic events in their lives. Each stories scarily realistic premise could be any one of our lives. I challenge any reader of this collection not to feel connected to and deeply touched by one of these characters stories.
Sharon Lash
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Allyson
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sad Short Stories

Sad doesn’t mean bad. These stories will make you feel something; just not happy. But be prepared for very few happy endings.
Terri  Thetford
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins, kindle
This collection of stories was okay but didn't really capture me. Many of them seemed to just end oddly.
Kathy Webb
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this Kindle edition book in a GoodReads giveaway - thank you to everyone involved.
A wonderful collection of short stories - all well written - all very good.
Korie
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I took my time with this thought-provoking collection of short stories, discovering that I needed to savor each character, digest my feelings and reflect on the beauty of the writing. The image that comes to mind now, after finishing the book, is a wonderfully dark, bittersweet box of chocolates; each story delivering its own unique bite of reality while holding a different secret deep inside. Kalman’s use of language and ability to turn in directions unforeseen, allow her to reveal the unexpect ...more
Deb
This book of short stories by Audrey Kalman really resonated with me. The stories are different but deal with common issues, most related to marriage and family. Divorce was a frequent story element, and it was really interesting to see divorce explored from a number of different perspectives. Kalman looks at how family turmoil affects people throughout their lives.

There’s an everyday, “slice of life” feeling to these stories. Kalman leaves you wanting more in each story, and then occasionally r
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Jomil Vrabelmulvey
This book had me from page one! 20 stories was an embarrassment of riches! Truth to tell,I would rather compare these stories to a collection ofjewlry than a box of chocolates, the choiceof a favorite is just as difficult, but in these rales the emphasis is on the art, the finesse of making every word count. IDo have a favorite, though the choice was hard. The crown jewel,for this voracious readerwas "Skypeing with the Rabbi"It is a contempotery tale of innocence lost,of coming of age,and the in ...more
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Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge, often about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of two novels, What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. Her collection of short fiction, Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award.

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