Isaac Sweeney's "Hard Creek Bridge" is a wonderful short that quickly pulls the reader into the life of Slim, a college student who must move beyond the familiar life he is accustomed to, and into the wider world. A great, short read!
While an interesting piece, this reads more like an essay than a work of fiction. The prose shows promise and explores an important topic in a new way, but it lacks a clear story arc. Worth a read since its length is short and its topic is important, but needs a bit more to connect the reader to the character(s).
A solid, introspective, short which shows the character's struggle with his own emotional conflict over his wife's departure. The prose is, at times, awkward, but otherwise this is an interesting read.
This is an amazing short!
In 'Evan's Story' Hunsaker introduces title character Evan, a high school football player who recently lost his brother, and Susie, a 12 year-old who lives with Evan's family due to a loss of her own (and who experiences some prejudice from the community).
This story nicely intertwines themes of love/companionship and grief and presents an unusually complete sketch of all the characters for a work of this length. That is to say: this reader finished the story feeling truly in touch with each of the characters, their motivations, and their desires.
While I have been impressed by this author's work in the past, I truly connected with this story in ways that I didn't anticipate and I highly recommend it. From the author's note, the story is essentially a short introduction to two characters in her "Rehearsal" series. After this, I won't be able to stop myself from reading that series in the very near future!