Book Review : Charactered PiecesPosted: January 8, 2011
Caleb J. Ross’s 66 page chapbook titled Charactered Pieces should be read and discussed. It’s simply worth talking about. So if I may…
It’s incisively honest, nauseatingly powerful, borderline voyeuristic. All in the best way.
This collection leads you along a razor’s edge of human vulnerability and frailty, poised to catch you off guard at every turn and cradle you the moment you break. And you will break, if you have a heart at all.
But these stories don’t scar you, they stir the memory of your own ghosts long forgotten (or maybe not so long) and it is this unexpected rapport that breaks your fall, keeps you coming back to the collection like a moth to the flame. Maybe these stories will lead you a little close, maybe you’ll be singed when you’re through, but you’ll feel more alive for it.
Ross reliably constructs the type of scenarios we all walk away from carrying a deeper appreciation, in time, of the painful memories that have made us exactly who we are.
Find him at : Caleb J. Ross
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