From the title to the last page this is a book of words skilfully put together to create powerful images from the darker side of the mind. This has similarities to the raindrop that has a outer surface tension which shows both its strength and fragility whilst knowing at any moment it can burst. Sarah Brentyn writes in describing her book “when you’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall.”
Like her first book Hinting at Shadows this book is a collection of flash fiction and I think should be read slowly (it could be read in one sitting) and savoured. The book is divided into three parts which follow a beautiful introduction which looks at the form of flash fiction and her inspiration. As she so beautifully puts “There is a world inside a drop of fiction.” The next two parts, Mindscapes and Lifelines are both pieces of around 100 words and this is followed by the third part which are microbursts – fiction under 50 words.
I said after reading her first book that Sarah Brentyn is a master of flash fiction and this book only cemented this belief. I have however added to that statement and say that Brentyn is a master of the first line. All her first lines make you want to read more. Some have you gasping at the images they create. Take for example the piece Strawberry Fields Forever. The first line: ” Her memory lane was potholes and busted chunks of asphalt.” How could you not want to read on.
This is a perfect book for readers of flash fiction, for those that don’t have the time to read a novel, for those that love words and sentence construction, for those that enjoy having their emotions manipulated and pulled in all directions and for those that want to write flash and need examples to learn from.
I guess I don’t need to ask my question “would I recommend this” as you can tell I would.