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Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Appearances and Other Stories

Welcome to my stop on the Appearances and Other Stories Blog Tour
hosted by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours.

Appearances and Other Stories

In this debut collection, Krasne wields insightful irony and cathartic black humor to illuminate her themes of loss, yearning and survival, bringing to it a biting female perspective. An adept stylist with an ear for dialogue and an eye for personal foibles, Krasne cleverly captures the distinct voices of her characters as they strive to negotiate the subtle and not-so-subtle minefields of family obligation and personal conflict. She has a knack for getting inside her characters' heads as they strive to keep up appearances. Readers will most surely recognize themselves, their friends and family members in all of these beautifully rendered stories.

Cindy's Review: Honestly, one reason I decided to reads this book was because it was an anthology. I read an anthology not too long ago and decided I actually like these kind books. Read one chpater/story and go to sleep. No need to stay up all night because of the suspense in the end of the chapter. Although this book was a bit different from anthologies in the beginning, the end was similar and I got to do just that. ) 

This book also tells their readers about people's everyday life and what they had to live through. I guess you can either relate to the characters or to learn about how some people live these days. 

The first nine chapters of the book had to do with Alice. Alice is the main character telling the story about her family. She doesn't exactly feel comfortably fit in the family and tries to rebel them but she still wants her parents to be proud of her. Sometimes, she reminds me of Anne from Anne Frank's Diary. I read the play and watched the movie only, so it really wanted from Anne's perspective, but I feel like Alice and Anne could have been good friends. 

Rating: (1-10): 8

Author Bio:
 Margo Krasne, born and raised in Manhattan, has always led two lives. As a radio advertising producer, she sculpted; as a sculptor, she was an extra in commercials, and for the past 24 years, as a communications coach and author of Say it with Confidence, she writes fiction whenever possible.

Praise for Appearances and Other Short Stories:
"Margo Krasne's collection of short stories ("Appearances") cuts right to the core of love, loss, disappointment and survival. Reading this book will be a cathartic experience for anyone who has had those less-than-perfect-but-oh-so-real family relationships. My own childhood could not have been more different than the Wallachs (an Upper West and later Upper East Side New York Jewish family) - but the emotions are so true and so piercing that I felt every single one. A truly magnificent collection." Jeff Johnson, author of 'Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know'
"Margo Krasne's premiere short story collection, "Appearances", is not to be missed. Krasne invites her readers to step inside the minds & hearts of her characters, resulting in a truthful, proactive, and emotional journey in each of her beautifully crafted stories. The stories will remain with readers long after they put "Appearances" down- each story is nothing `short' of magnificent and illustrate female 'appearances' with real honesty. "Appearances" is truly a phenomenal accomplishment of shorts that leave readers hoping Krasne will soon release her next body of work!" Hillary Megroz's, Goodreads Reviewer
"Margo Krasne's first published collection of short stories is a gem. Full of irony, black humor and snappy dialogue, Krasne draws readers into her world and invites them to stay a while as her characters negotiate the subtle and not-so-subtle minefields of family obligations, relationships and personal conflicts." J. Z. McBride, Reviewer
"I really loved these stories, a lot of humour and emotion. I enjoyed all of them and would like to read more written by this author." Dorothy Greenberg, Reviewer
Happy Touring~

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Appearances!


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