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Louisa is a fiction writer and freelance marketing writer. She's done just about every kind of writing under the sun, including technical writing and newspaper reporting. She's also been a fact checker and copy editor for Our State magazine and has taught English at the college level. She lives in North Carolina with her family and a crazy Jack Russell mix who is 14 years old and still going strong!
on March 06, 2012 :
A delightful collection of short stories for author Louisa Dang. Each written so well I felt a connection to the characters in a short time with a few words. "Candles and enlightenment For Sale", a laugh at the psychic fairs I've been to. Then a sweetness with Darlene and Earl's experience. The stories are a bit quirky with colorful fun wording. I forgot how fun it was to read short stories. I look forward to more of Ms. Dang's short or longer stories.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 02, 2011 :
This is Louisa Dang's debut collection and what a debut! I loved these stories. Her writing is fresh and the stories cleverly crafted and engaging. With apparent ease, Louisa draws us into the fictional world of each of her characters and she keeps us there, spellbound, until the last word (her ear for dialogue is particularly excellent!). As we peer into the ordinary lives of her characters, we catch a glimpse of something extraordinary: a tenderness, or a kindness, or even an ugliness, maybe a poignancy or a frailty, a something which makes each of them unique,and very human. Great stories by a great new writer!
I believe a novel is due out shortly. I'll be looking out for it!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2011 :
This is one of the best short story collections I've read in a long time. Dang has a way of putting you at the scene and bringing you in close contact with her characters. Suspension of disbelief is a strong suit in this writer's arsenal. When you read her stories, you become engaged in the story and the characters' lives, and you forget that you're reading. Wonderful writing. Her stories are both touching and hilarious. Reminds me of Flannery O'Connor.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)