The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories has been awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence in Independent Fiction.
Melanie Lamaga is a writer gifted with the ability to write seemingly simple stories that take the reader to new worlds of nightmare and dream. Each of the ten remarkable stories in this collection is a unique little gem. Lamaga seems to have a particular gift for opening lines:
“When I remember Dundalk, Maryland, I think of the Fish Pub: splintered wood floor, blacked-out windows, swinging red doors, the only light from beer signs glowing red, white and blue.”
“One Friday, Joy fell into a horrible trance.”
“Justine careened down the aisle toward my cubicle, her scuffed, blue flats sliding over the industrial carpet like water bugs on a pond.”
From these opening lines we are drawn into stories both weird and wonderful. The language draws you on, word after word, deeper and deeper into tales of ordinary/extraordinary people that may seem crazy or at least odd when you think about them, but which ring with the clarity of truth. Meticulously edited, not one word is ill chosen or out of place. This is a book not to be missed. Five stars.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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