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Seventy Percent Water

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A Flash Fiction Collection
Paperback, 1, 55 pages
Published July 10th 2020 by Ellipsis Zine
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Seventy Percent Water is the debut flash fiction collection from Jeannette Sheppard (Ellipsis Zine). These stories have pathos, heart and humour. I particularly loved the mix of pathos and humour, along with the splashes of surreal imagery which really make this collection stand above others.

Some of these stories will wrench your heart as their characters wrestle the emotional challenges of seeing a beloved parent deteriorate. Whatever the topic, Sheppard writes with sensitivity and conviction,
Sophie van Llewyn
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seventy Percent Water depicts with startling sensibility the way that beloved persons may disappear — sometimes bit by bit. The collection is dazzling in its clever use of language, beautiful imagery, wry humour, and deep understanding of humanity and feeling.
Laura Besley
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the title story of her debut flash fiction collection, Seventy Percent Water, Jeanette Sheppard describes how a woman’s body transforms from the usual seventy percent water to a hundred percent after a relationship ends. ‘In the sea she reformed and swam away from the storm.’

Sheppard has a natural flair for the obscure. In 'Trumpets,' a woman who wanted her arms to be more ‘finely tuned’ ends up with trumpets for arms. On the surface this is a piece dealing with the practical repercussions o
F.J. Morris
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book (inside and out) with beautiful stories. Trumpets will always be my most favourite story because I love the symbolic nature of it and how bizarre it is. But there's something for everyone in this collection. Some are like small boxes of sunshine, and others ask you to delve deeper into the more emotional territories. Such a great talent and can't wait to read what else she has in store. ...more
Louise Worthington
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful imagery. Several of the flash about a Mum are particularly moving.
Bronwen Griffiths
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A collection of flash fictions on ageing parents, love, loss and relationships. Sometimes surreal, sometimes down to earth, but always written with great delicacy and compassion. Perhaps, because of my own age and the fact that I still remember the details of my parents ageing and dying, the stories of elderly mothers resonated the most for me. However, having said that I absolutely adored the micro story 'Watermelon.' A collection to savour and re-read. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
From Seventy Percent Water flows the essence of Jeanette Sheppard's unique writing style. The humanity in each story, some just a few lines long, shines through. My favourite story in the collection is 'Chamfer' - a beautiful tale of a familial relationships, wishes and dreams, disappointment and determination. Jeanette's stories have a flow, a heart, a drumbeat of their own, and together in this collection they make fine music. ...more
Ross Jeffery
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A flash fiction collection that focuses on relationships, and especially those that are familial and the quest of belonging when one feels lost in the world around them. The stories for me that focused on dementia were the gold dust which was sprinkled on this collection - I also loved the blend of weirdness in sone of these stories such as ‘Trumpets’ and ‘Electric Cafe’ - a great introduction to Jeanette Sheppard for those who don’t know her work - for me the collection was a little disjointed ...more
Damhnait Monaghan
I was honoured to be asked to blurb this collection:

Jeanette Sheppard writes convincingly about relationships – familial, romantic, social – and what happens when these human connections rupture. Her stories are moving, her prose surprising. I love this collection.
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Jeanette Sheppard is a prize-winning flash fiction writer living in the UK. Seventy Percent Water is her debut collection. Her manuscript won the 2020 Ellipsis Zine Flash Fiction Collection Competition and was published in July. Her stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.

Jeanette is also an artist. In her role as artist-in-residence for National Flash Fiction D

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