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Flights of Fancy by Sally Cronin
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When I picked this one up, I had no idea what to expect. I've read a few other books by Sally Cronin, but I knew these were going to be much different (in a good way). Ms. Cronin has published a collection of ~10 short stories and a novella, ranging in style from murder to fantasy, revenge to humor. I loved all of the stories and will struggle to decide which ones to include in my review...

To begin with, the book kicks off with the main character saying, "On my forty-third birthday, I murdered a woman." Okay... we're in for something dark and funny. What a great tale! In some ways, it's very telling about society, and in others, it's a little shocking. I found myself wondering whether the guilty party should be punished or not. It's wonderful when a writer can prompt that question. I also worried she might've been describing my mindset on a number of occasions. Oops!

From there, we jump into a woman mourning a loss. She kinda/sorta visits her husband and dog, and it will make you get a little sappy. Afterward, I devoured a few tales about marriage, war, love, and a talking parrot who knew exactly how to motivate a woman to leave her ne'er-do-well husband. One thing is for sure; this collection shows the author's range in developing memorable characters, kooky plots, and a touch of sentimentality in each and every relationship we develop throughout life.

The one I want to touch on the most is the final story, the novella about a group of women around~80ish who live together in a senior's complex. Unfortunately, a rough family moves in nearby, and things begin to go downhill. Drugs, theft, abuse... then it leads to murder. The surviving women in the group want revenge, thus plotting out how to rid themselves of the two ruthlessly mean parents and their five children who descended upon the town. Some of the kids cannot be saved and must be made to disappear. Others might survive foster care. It truly was a fun story, and I focused on the humor element, as those Jackson's needed to be taught a lesson!

Cronin has a clear and strong writing style. By incorporating personal experiences and emotions into her characters, she's made various types of people come to life. Whether it's struggling with weight loss, interpreting people's impressions of you, or stopping yourself from doing the things you want to do but shouldn't do, the cast in each of these stories reminded me of many events in our lives. The girl who steals our boyfriend... the guy who treats his wife poorly... the daughter who can't recognize her mother isn't just an elderly woman... the lady struggling to keep the weight off... or the guy misses his wife. It's all there, and as a whole, this represents so many wonderful and pain-filled stages of life. Now we can laugh or cry together about them.

I definitely recommend reading this book for its levity, ability to watch others get revenge (without you going to jail), and perhaps some motivation to make changes in your own life. What a great collection; it makes me highly interested in seeing a full-length novel from the author. Might that ever exist, Ms. Cronin?
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Reading Progress

September 22, 2019 – Shelved
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: 1-fiction
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: 8-authors-i-know
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: 2-fic-fantasy-and-scifi
September 24, 2019 – Started Reading
September 24, 2019 – Shelved as: 3-short-stories-or-poetry
September 24, 2019 – Shelved as: 9-read-2019-09-september
September 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review Terrific review, L💕ve ツ !

James ❤️ Paulette Alphas Review wrote: "Terrific review, L💕ve ツ !" :) :)

message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Booth Wonderful review, James! Makes me want to read the book.

James Sarah wrote: "Wonderful review, James! Makes me want to read the book."

Was quite intriguing, definitely as a collection of stories. Thanks!

message 5: by Sally (new)

Sally Cronin Thanks James for another fantastic review.. delighted of course..

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