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Families and Other Natural Disasters by Anita Goveas
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it was amazing
bookshelves: advanced-reader-copy

A vibrant flash fiction collection, Families and Other Natural Disasters, brings into the fiction discourse connections and disconnections among most intimate and blood-related individuals who reflect to the readers that power of resilience found in each of them. Through the lens of sharp cultural observations, bold, outrageous, yet never judgmental, family traditions are applauded, unveiled, sometimes gently ridiculed, yet with loving honesty and earthly attachment.
Families and Other Natural Disasters embarks its readers on a pilgrimage, homage to a life lived in the vicinity of natural elements, animate souls, cooked foods, the pangs and pleasures of the physical body and mind. Each flash melts into the following one, with minimal gaps of an intimate nature made for being rethought and shuffled by the reader. And the reader is there, with the characters, sharing into the transient, catastrophic episodes, small moments we call life.
The sections governing the collection whispers ‘earthly elements,’ as each of them guides every flash narrative towards a manifestation of one element: WATER screams impending tsunamis, as when life happens while reading a book or when deciding to forget an argument. FIRE catapults a fiery mother and a wedding album meant to be burned, for all the past attachments and bitter recollections of memory. WIND shows minute observations turned into habits. With sharp awareness, the shifts in the currents surrounding people are exposed, obliging them to take control over their lives, yet letting go in a random act of surrender. LOVE splits physical oneness and melts distance into separation; feelings stirred by a hospital bed expose the impending nature of red death and alienation. FAMILIES are encapsulated in the stories passed down to younger generations. Capsules of maxims on marriage and homelife, career and endings, witty yet comical, show that we, in the end, are but dancing chemical elements.

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Reading Progress

August 24, 2020 – Started Reading
September 7, 2020 – Finished Reading
September 8, 2020 – Shelved
September 8, 2020 – Shelved as: advanced-reader-copy

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