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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
If Joy Williams and Raymond Carver had a love child that was often left in the care of Lydia Davis it might grow up to be Jayne Martin. Martin’s writing evokes the literary DNA of those who have influenced her most, while in a style and voice that is uniquely her own.

In these 38 tiny tales, everyday people do their best to manage the wounds life inflicts on all
Paperback, 92 pages
Published 2019 by Vine Leaves Press
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This collection of flash fiction is touted as "tiny tales for the time challenged", and though they might appear to be small, they have incredibly sharp teeth. These 38 stories are about everyday people trying to make the most of what life throws at them.

Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure TENDER CUTS is my first encounter with flash fiction. We're talking very short stories: just a page, usually; sometimes only a handful of sentences. I was surprised at how much story and emotion could be packed into such a compact format. I was not a fan of the drawings at the end of each story. I felt like the words were powerful enough on their own, and the illustrations detracted from that impact. Favorite stories include "Zero Tolerance," "Blue Boy," "Thanksgiving," "Morning ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of tiny tales that pack a solid punch. The beauty is in the power of suggestion and these complex tales are filled with surprise, fear, suspense, sadness, joy and promise; they rearrange your emotions and shift your perceptions as they transport you from one mindset to another; the stories may not leave you satisfied - but you will continue to think about the characters... to wonder and to hope...

A skilled flash fiction writer put it best: "Short on words but l
Nancy Stohlman
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tender Cuts is about seeing and not seeing, what we are blind to and what’s right in front of us. In this debut flash fiction collection Jayne Martin’s writing is compact, dense, often heartbreaking, always illuminating, and woven with a strange nostalgia; she has a way of reconciling the child with the adult, the pain with the beauty of tragedy, the tragedy still seeded with hope.”
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jayne Martin’s Tender Cuts is a book of rainbow emotions. In this collection of 38 tiny tales, she memorably sketches her characters, regardless of the limitations not only of gender or age, but also of their economic backgrounds. Her characters are unaware of one another and yet they form a coherent whole by being the victims of the same thing: human emotions. She can tell the story of a bored rich kid as honestly as that of someone living on the road. It is interesting how she connects multipl ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jayne Martin packs a lot of life into these small story packages. Each feels complete and satisfying although many are standouts worth more than one read. "Morning Glory" carries the exhaustion and fear of new parenting wrapped in vines that threaten to strangle, "Cover of Darkness" haunts with beautiful language--becoming its own "pink glow spilled over the edge of the Atlantic." And "Dearly Departed" heavy with the scent of orange blossoms, has a rich, dark, satisfying humor. This is a book fi ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Between the covers of this "little" book is what appears to be not many words, short vignettes, suggesting light, easy reading, pages to skim, flip, skip. But that is not this treasure. Each of these tales of few words contains an entire movie script of harrowing, tragic, intimate story. So much information is in what is left out and what is in each sentence that denouement is both resolution and often surprise revelation. I re-read most of these shorts several times to make certain I'd correctl ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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