Mannequin: A Short Story

Rated 4.40/5 based on 5 reviews
Lynne's dad often takes her shopping with him at a high-end men's boutique. Lynne likes to sit at the feet of the mannequin in the window and dream of what he'd be like if he were real. One day, a stranger walks in. For Lynne, nothing will be the same ever again.
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Words: 3,060
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458004185
About Susan Helene Gottfried

Author, professional book reviewer, freelance editor, and Rock Fiction expert. My love of what happens when books and music collide led me to create the books in the Trevolution, but stay tuned because I can do oh, so much more than that. Like Mannequin, only different. And every bit as good.

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Review by: Anna Tan on March 04, 2014 :
Picked this up since I've been following Susan on twitter for a while.

A very well-written and interesting short story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Oct. 17, 2011 :
I'm a big fan of Susan Helen Gottfried's work. Her characters are richly drawn and believable.

In this book, Lynne is a little girl who is often dragged along with her dad on his shopping trips for clothes that he thinks will make him look impressive to others. Lynne likes to daydream about the mannequin in the window (she calls him Ken) and how different he would be from her father.

On one of the shopping trips, a fellow walks into the high-end store and asks for a purple shirt -- an action which makes both Lynne and her father look at life differently by the time all is said and done. Readers of the ShapeShifter series will be delighted by this particular cameo.

A brief and enjoyable read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maria Savva on April 27, 2011 :
A wonderful, well written story, about a young girl and her father, who doesn't always live up to her ideal. She has created a fantasy figure in her mind of what a real father should behave like. The mannequin in an expensive store looks just right for the part. One day, her world changes when a mystery man appears and challenges her view of the world. An insightful and interesting read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Juba on April 25, 2011 :
I was drawn to this story by the neat cover and because I've read all of the author's other books. It was an extremely well written and original story about a father and daughter, and the theme of the mannequin immediately captured my attention. Fans of her other books will enjoy a little twist at the very end, that the author lets us in on. A great story by a talented writer. This was a real treat to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joel Kirkpatrick on April 19, 2011 :
I loved this tiny, perfect novel from Susan Gottfried. There is so much here, within this economy of words. It takes a great deal of confidence to work something this good between the front and back end of a short story, it cries out to fill so many more. I want to follow along with Lynne, this precious waif of a character, as she experiences life. She has so much to tell me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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