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Becoming Someone

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An anthology of short stories on the theme of identity and self-discovery:

What shapes the way we see ourselves?

An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A
Paperback, 277 pages
Published November 23rd 2018 by Inspired Quill
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Whispering Stories
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I had the pleasure of reviewing Anne’s first book Sugar and Snails back in 2016 and loved every minute of it, so when I saw that Anne had written another book and the synopsis took my fancy, I was already hooked and eager to start reading.

Becoming Someone is a short story collection featuring forty-two different stories that all share a common theme, identity. Throughout the book I found myself thinking about the issues of identity more deeply
Stephanie Jane
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I enjoy reading short story collections, but it's rare for me to find one where I love every tale. Usually there are hits and misses so I was delighted to find that every single one of the forty-two stories in Becoming Someone is a hit!

Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour so all her characters came across to me as authentic and genuine - quite the achievement when the stories run such a wide gamut of human
Norah Colvin
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Someone is a collection of 42 short stories, all with a theme of identity, by Anne Goodwin.
Anne is a masterful storyteller. Using an economy of words precise descriptions , she creates complex characters and situations that enable the reader to get into the mind of the protagonist. Her stories can be intriguing, confronting, thought-provoking or humorous. Some may haunt you with her incisive glimpse into life in the raw. Others may surprise with a twist in the tale.
The stories vary in
Fiona  Linday
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to hear Anne read extracts from the short story book at a DMU Leicester literature event. I bought the book there.
There were many stories here to which I related but all were worth a read. This book teaches us about where we belong. Particularly, Anne has a way of adding a twist to the tale that keeps the reader on their toes and there's a story for everyone, at each stage of life.
Some stories made me giggle others made me contemplate the bigger picture. "Fat Footprints" was
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Book Cover

I absolutely love the cover. The colors are so pretty together, the font of the title is simple but makes itself known, and the birds have a sense of symbolism to them. This cover was well done.

First Thoughts

I enjoy short story collections. I love seeing different perspectives from different characters and this was no different. I’ve enjoyed Anne Goodwin’s work in the past a
Charli Mills
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anne Goodwin is a masterful short-story writer, and this collection is packed with a variety of stories that demonstrate her prowess. I particularly like how she can get me, as a reader, to slip into the skin of unlikely characters and experience perspectives different from how I would view a subject. I think anyone who loves short stories needs this book in their collection and I think any developing writer should use her book as a guide to mastering the short form.
Jamie Jack
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: p-2020, contemporary
Some Good, Some Not So Enjoyable--But Lots of Options

I read some place that long-form fiction is about characters, and short stories are about themes relevant to the human condition. This author has put 42 of her short stories that could all be said to be on the same theme, stated in the title, in one collection. I like the fact that the author organized these stories logically, as if imagining someone in the dark figuring out that they could not go back or forward so had to choose a new path to
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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An eye-opening read. This book of a collection of over 40 short stories, which was unlike most books I am used to reading. I don't know how the author did it, but the book drew my mind and attention to the character's identity. Not in a ‘’like -or-don’t -like’’ manner but rather in an analytical sort of way. Each story is different and presents a diverse group of personalities. The stories are about real people with real problems who caught the attention of a writer, bringing their life and stru ...more
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Anne Goodwin loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil. During her career as an NHS clinical psychologist her focus was on helping other people tell their neglected stories to themselves. Now that her short fiction publication count has overta

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