Many authors write short stories sporadically over the years, so sometimes these collections are simply put out once the author has written enough to fill a book. ‘The Pain Tree’ is different because you can tell the stories are carefully curated to evoke particular emotions in the reader; personally, I felt wonderment at reading them.
I would say to read this book. It may make you despair, but it may also make you think sensibly about your own future or the future of those you love.
This is one of the most innovative and imaginative novels I have read in a very long time. Abandon yourself to the magic and dive right in. I can fairly confidently say you’ll never look at a bee in quite the same way again.
All of us Snowflakes MUST listen to and learn from leaders of color in the movement, call out hateful speech, and most importantly, act! There is more to being an ally then reading a book.
‘Battleground’, though subtle for some readers, is a story of identity and belonging.
Perhaps the biggest harm of xenophobia is the tendency to turn away refugees.
To deny one’s identity is to deny a person’s needs.
Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters
She was known to be keen to show that right does not necessarily prevail and in fact justice is often not done. This book does both of these things cleverly. #WomenWriters
If you would’ve told me a few years ago, Six Rivers Press published what can best be described as a post-apocalyptic poetry book, I wouldn’t have believed you (“the post-apocalyptic genre is strongly associated with fiction, thereby it’s closely tied to works such as The 5th Wave or something” my snooty nerd-self would’ve replied).
There are some writers who have a knack at creating something refreshing; something that is so enjoyable, you don’t realize you’ve already read halfway. Kimiko Hahn has this quality.
If there is anything to learn from this book it’s that writing shouldn’t deter one from seeking positivity and help when most needed.
We travel back in time within memories that could have been created today; within moments that reveal the fears, desires, and betrayals felt by the lovers of our past, our future, and even our imaginations.
Sukrungruang gently guides us with a relaxing tempo that veils a much darker and beautiful fury that I can only best describe as a tempest. #Poetry #Art
This book was bought for me by a friend. She had read a pre-release review and immediately thought of me. Now I’m not sure if I should be offended or not. Greedy, moi? Surely not.