The Child Who Loved Emily Dickinson, and Other Short Stories by Bernard Glassman (bg)

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Powerful opening really drew me in. Great dialogue, especially from Penelope. "It's getting crowded." is an excellent line. To me, the transition into the sex stuff was a little abrupt, considering it followed a train of thought sprung by the narrator's daughter. It also goes on a bit too long. And I couldn't help but think: of all things, their sex life is the most memorable thing about his dead wife? Kinda weird. I'd take out what you said on the voicemail (maybe that's nit-picky, but just trying to be honest). Also, slow down a bit. I feel like you're pushing the story forward instead of letting the details of Gloria's death simmer in the reader's mind. From remembering her passing to mishearing (or not) Penelope's use of "Jack" to Halloween to looking for Emily Dickinson images, there seems to be too much plot movement in the first 10 or so pages.
Bernard Glassman (bg) June 24, 2013 at 20:57 Michael, I deeply appreciate your comments and will make revisions based on them. I'd reply at greater length, but the design of this text field precludes its use. Also, take a look, if you like at http://goo.gl/kbhUJ and, if you think it's worth it, give me your equally perceptive and useful observations. Thank you!
May 31, 2013 at 17:24
Bernard, I read your book and the reading attracted me a lot. In some parts, I got lost, perhaps by the abrupt change in the narrative. At the end of the short stories I could see that there was meaning there. Was that proposital? Oh ... I also liked the way you put feelings as characters. ;)
March 26, 2013 at 09:39
Nice to have a book like this on Widbook, Bernard. I'm beginning my reading right now.
March 7, 2013 at 05:16