Wonderful reading. All the short stories just send you to another place. I could hardly put the book down the author writes in such a beautiful flowing way that keeps you reading and reading. This is the first book of her's I have read and will continue to read more and more. Eliquence in liturature.
Taken from back cover:
Eleven stories set in various parts of the world. In Sky Juice, a girl in Malaysia escapes prostitution by becoming a mail-order bride, The Way It Felt to Be Falling is on a woman sky diver, and in The Story of My Life a woman discovers her anti-abortion mother is no saint herself.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a series of short stories, roughly 20 pages each. They were all great stories, leaving you wanting more and wishing, in some cases, that the story was a whole book so you could see what would happen. I really enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter, so I was happy that the author did not disappoint me with this one.
From Library Journal
Many of the award-winning stories in this first collection feature strong, pragmatic women as protagonists, usually motivated by love in its broadest sense: A 19-year-old finds hidden strength after skydiving with an unstable boyfriend; a lonely, uprooted Asian woman makes a life in America; the cleaning woman of a famous scientist idolizes her employer despite suffering physically because of his experiments; a wife connects best with her husband during the time of their greatest challenge. Edwards utilizes her perceptual ability and keen eye for detail to delineate believable characters, many of whom are facing unique challenges. Their haunting situations are effectively complemented by unusual settings in Asia, America and Europe. Recommended for all literary collections
Brilliant! I enjoyed these stories even better than her novel The Memory Keeper's Daughter. The stories are set in different places and points in time but center on characters who struggle to make and maintain connections to others. I was not expecting to enjoy the stories as much as I did.