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S. A. Williams
on April 05, 2013 :
Sketches #001 - Separations is a collection of 18 short stories set in Norway. As the title suggests the stories follow the theme of separation on the part of the characters. Truly of the modernist bent, these stories are not plot-driven (which is not to say that they don't each have a plot of sorts), rather we see a slice of each main character's life in the tales, which range widely in length. Just don't expect the traditional obvious rising action - climax - resolution structure; it's there, but more subtle as the work focuses deeply on moments, which is highly effective in the way Wright has done it.
I was excited to receive a free copy of this book because I've read single short stories by Wright before and have always been impressed. But he's somehow outdone himself here. The theme of the book is apparent as the reader makes her or his way through the differing aspects of each character's disconnect from someone or something. The range of emotions conveyed is surprisingly versatile considering what one might expect along the theme.
My only complaint about this book (and it is best ignored) is in the formatting. Call me crazy (go ahead) but I like page breaks on my e-reader between stories. (Seriously, that's my only complaint!)
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)