Letting Go

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
a collection of short stories exploring the foibles and weaknesses of the central characters: a woman looking for uncomplicated sex; an ageing Irish spinster has her dreams coming true in unexpected ways. a middle-aged man who finds out more than he ever wanted to know about his mother's secret life. a young abused girl who deals out her own kind of justice. nothing is as it seems on the surface. More
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About Norma Harrs

I was born and brought up in Ireland and came to Canada as a young woman. I acted professionally for quite a number of years and then began working as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As a freelance writer I contributing to many Canadian newspapers. My first novel `A Certain State of Mind,' was published by Virgo Press. My first short story collection, `Love Minus One & Other Stories (Hounslow) came out in l994. My second collection, `Where Dreams Have Gone,' (Simon & Pierre) was published in l997. My stories have been broadcast on CBC and some are currently available on Audible (U.K)Three of my short stories which I have narrated are available on audio at http://bit.ly/IrishShortStories

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Reviews of Letting Go by Norma Harrs

Liz Riach reviewed on March 17, 2013

This is a wonderful collection of stories! I was drawn immediately into the minds of the characters and the situations they face. The narrative brilliantly captures mood and mindset, whether the characters are young, old, male, or female, in control or tossed through life. Funny, manipulative, compassionate, bitter - emotions, motives and details are insightfully drawn. The endings of the stories particularly intrigued me, as they suggested or revealed truths that made me think again about how I understood the stories. In this respect, Norma's stories reminded me if the work of Sinclair Ross. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next collection!
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
Julie Johnston reviewed on Dec. 20, 2012
(no rating)
In Norma Harrs’s aptly named book of short stories, protagonists find themselves in situations where they must let go of the memory of youthful passion, of old antagonisms, of hopes for storybook happiness, of destructive family grudges, or anguish over missed opportunities. Her characters are vibrantly real. They are the people we eavesdrop on in restaurants, on subway trains, in checkout lines. We feel we almost know them as each story carries us deeply into a poignant moment in their lives.

One of the great pleasures of these stories is watching how and where the author reaches their conclusion. They end where we know they should, yet the reader is left to ponder what might happen next. Norma’s sense of an ending leaves us wanting more, and allows us to continue contemplating the story long after the last page is turned.

Julie Johnston
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Gwendi reviewed on Dec. 19, 2012

Forgot the stars...,here they are.

Gwen Goodwin
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
Gwendi reviewed on Dec. 19, 2012
(no rating)
Finally !! Another collection of Norma Harrs's great short stories !! I enjoyed very much reading all about her characters that she so skillfully brings to life with insight,humour and compassion . Well done,and keep the "Ink" flowing !!
Gwen Goodwin
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
Jane Bow reviewed on Dec. 5, 2012

Norma Harrs has pinpoint insight and an uncanny ability to take on the voices of a wide variety of characters in this collection. In “Soap Opera In A red Camaro” the middle-aged narrator and her husband deconstruct a scene outside the window whilst dining out. In “The Unkindness Of Strangers” a little girl inhabits the space where compassion elicits hatred and murder is understandable. Elderly sex, the pathos of duplicity, and conflicting family confusions about death all rear their lovely heads through Harrs’ finely tuned dialogue in this book. A good read anywhere anytime.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Patricia A. Stone reviewed on Dec. 3, 2012

Someone once said that all good literature is about either sex or death--and sometimes both. Norma Harr's stories surely fall into this description. She has a great gift for setting her stories in nursing homes, funerals, sexual affairs, and even childhood abuse situations--and observing life in such settings with a steady, quick, humane wit. Her often quirky characters are fully developed They come alive as palpable individuals struggling with Life's daunting challenges. The dialogue that Norma Harrs assigns them is at times hilarious, at other times thought-provoking and solemn. An excellent collection.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Lea Harper reviewed on Nov. 27, 2012
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Norma Harrs writes with the wit and wisdom of a seasoned storyteller and a keen observer of life. In this newest collection of short stories, she offers up riveting tales of lethal love and inverted intent through a wide range of passionate characters. Harrs is equally at home among the high and the low brow, the haves and the have nots. It is no accident the author is also an actress and playwright. Harrs knows how to deliver a good line and her timing is perfect. There is a simmering control in the telling, and an evident flair for the gothic. Menace lurks below the surface of romance and family history unraveling deception and undoing. Grab ahold of "Letting Go" A must read.
-Lea Harper
(Author of Shadow Crossing and All that Saves Us)
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
John reader reviewed on Nov. 14, 2012
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Review by: John Crone on November 14 Five Stars

Norma Harrs' book is very well written and has re-awakened my interest in the short story genre. All of the stories are well crafted and one can clearly visualize the characters portrayed. If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the last one in the book, "Letting Go"! Norma has not lost her excellent touch. Well done!!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Chris Harrs reviewed on Nov. 11, 2012

These are all enjoyable stories. Hard to pick a favourite. Each one is thought provoking and Norma's great grip on characters immediately grips the reader.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
lori davies reviewed on Nov. 5, 2012
(no rating)
Well written illuminating slices of life, as each story delves into the serendipity of human commonality and truth with insight, humour, and delight, and characters that speak to us all. Well done.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
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