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Soul Etchings: A flash fiction collection

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Death, motherhood,the nature of reality, and the gender expectations of cultural conditioning are woven through these biting little stories in Sandra Arnold's debut flash fiction collection. Sometimes sad, surreal and sinister, they're also shot through with love and a deep understanding of humanity.

In gorgeous, spare prose that paints a very vivid picture, Sandra Arnold
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Published June 27th 2019 by Retreat West Books
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Bronwen Griffiths
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A collection of flash fiction covering motherhood, childhood, relationships, love and loss, written with both verve and tenderness. Some stories are slightly surreal, others grounded in the messy reality of life. A book to pick up and dip into.  (TSS Publishing)
"Her writing is insightful, intriguing and unafraid of balancing itself between the worldly and otherworldly, the poetic and the pithy... I'll return to the haunting stories in Soul Etchings over the months to come and enjoy their mystery and vivid humanity all over again..."
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Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, lovely stories. So much variety, so many gorgeous details. If I had to pick favourites, 'Esbos Boo' and 'Bluebell's Last Flight'.
Louella Lester
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What wonderful stories. They inspire me to work harder to improve my own flash stories.
Nod Ghosh
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this collection of flash fiction as it was released in the UK. Amanda Saint from Retreat West publishing was promoting the book at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival.

I love Arnold's writing. The author knows how to construct a compact piece of writing with poignancy and feeling.

Many of the stories feature ghosts or 'seeing people' perhaps one shouldn't. There are psychotic houses and grieving parents. Some pieces border on poetry, though all are poetic to som
Jan Kaneen
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These stories are so deft. They took me to new places, showed me new people but I felt connected to them as if they were something to do with me, as if though showing me something different they connected to my own experiences. There is something universal about these brief stories that resonates in the spaces between them. It's one of those books that I will visit again and again. And that cover too. If any image was going to tempt inside a book, its that...
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Sandra Arnold lives in New Zealand. She has a MLitt (High Distinction) and PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and is the author of a book on parental bereavement, Sing no Sad Songs and two novels, Tomorrow’s Empire and A Distraction of Opposites. Her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings (Retreat West Books, UK) was published in June 2019. Her third novel, ...more

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