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Everybody Loves SomebodyJoanna Scott's unparalleled gift for storytelling has inspired hyperbole from critics and her devoted fanbase which includes some of the most preeminent writers of our time But not since Various Antidotes a finalist for Everybody Loves Kindle the PENFaulkner Award has she turned her talents toward short stories At the seaside wedding of two lovers kept apart by the caprices of fate a doti. This short story collection by Joanna Scott is as gorgeous as that cover Really it is I think when you can say that 8 out of the 10 stories presented here are wonderful and memorable then that says something about the uality and originality of the writing contained within As much as I love short stories and I do it is a very rare thing indeed when I love every story in a particular collection This one comes really really close to fitting that bill I'll admit Yip and Or Else didn't uite grab me but that's OKEverybody Loves Somebody is a remarkable collection of just 10 stories filled with unforgettable characters and prose rendered so beautiful that it is almost breathtaking Like this from The ueen of Sheba is Afraid of Snow a story about an 11 year old illiterate girl living in poverty with her great grandmother who sells sweet potatoes and popcorn from a street cart in order to provide for the twosome The girl's mother is an angel in a religious cult This story is one of the very best and if I had to pick one probably my favorite in the collection Not that the child had any sort of ueenly shine to her Her coffee skin was splotched with freckles and her eyes usually had a startled gleam to them as if she couldn't believe what she'd seen Truth was she believed too much She believed that sinners spend eternity tied to a roasting spit over a huge bonfire; she believed her mother was a sinner just as Granny said; she believed that when she grew up she'd have her own huckster cart and sell sweet potatoes and popcorn along Lenox Avenue; she also believed that the angels were waiting for her granny tapping their silver slippers expectantly though Granny never said as much and instead kept on like a mechanical soldier march march marching across a toy shop floor But the old woman had a way of moaning in her sleep that made her sound like she was saying goodbye to life The girl didn't think far enough ahead to worry about who would take care of her when Granny died she wondered about that strange moment when Granny would drift from her bed up to heaven imagined that the angels would hover outside the window blowing trumpets while the neighbors came running The girl only hoped she'd reach the rooftop in time to see her grandmother slip through the glided door at the crest of the sky pg 98 See what I mean I also liked Scott's final story in this book The Lucite Cane where an elderly man's cane almost becomes a character itself How this simple cane and the presence thereof manages to ensnare so many lives is a heartbreaking tale As the description on the back cover says At a seaside wedding in 1919 a doting uncle observes the happy scene while his errant brother the father of the bride struggles to free himself from a locked bathroom Heaven and Hell A young woman new to Jazz Age New York strikes up a dangerous relationship with her boss Stumble Two old women gamble with a diplomat who counts General Franco as his friend Freeze Out An apartment building burns Across from the Shannonso Children are lost Worry Children are found not saying which story this is for fear of spoilers A single character experiences life in multiple versions Or Else And everybody keeps looking for someone to love Don't these stories sound intriguing They are One of the other original ualities about Everybody Loves Somebody is that the stories span an entire decade They're not interconnected but rather the first one starts in 1919 then the next is set in the Jazz Age etc One of the last few I forget which one ends circa 1972 I really liked that continuity throughout the bookI think this collection would be especially good for people who claim not to like short stories for one reason or another Yes you might grow a little attached to some of these characters but that only means they might stay with you longerAlthough I'd heard of Joanna Scott before picking up this collection I only knew of her recent novel Follow Me which I had borrowed from the library and had to return unread before it was due I'm glad I was introduced to her work through her short stories though I happened to stumble on this while browsing the library's stacks If these stories are any indication of Joanna Scott's talent you can bet I am looking forward to reading

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Her are uite different A bright business man seems content with all the trappings his good fortune affords until a flat tire and a chance encounter with a couple of mechanics in the country upsets his entire viewHere Joanna Scott offers a group of tales that celebrate her acknowledged sense of character plot and her gift for capturing the breathtaking tension even in life's uietest moments. interesting collection of short stories set in post WWI era worry was my favorite of all the storiesNot easy to read straight through though I would do a story read something else and then return to the bookchecked it out of the library bc of the bee on the cover

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Read Everybody Loves Somebody õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï ➸ Everybody Loves Somebody Free ➮ Author Joanna Scott – Joanna Scott's unparalleled gift for storytelling has inspired hyperbole from critics and her devoted fanbase which includes some of the most preeminent writers of oNg uncle looks on while his errant brother father of the bridestruggles to free himself from a locked bathroom across town A young woman arrives in Jazz Age New York with stars in her eyes and a few coins in her pocket and after a string of failed jobs she thinks she's found salvation in a romance with her boss at a local greasy spoon but learns that her idea of herself and others' ideas of. As with many collections of short stories these vary in uality from uite good to boring uite good would encompass the interconnected stories titled Or Else which follow the possible adventures of Nora Each story posits a different life choice for her and it is up to the reader to imagine which he prefers Not an original conceptbut well done in this instance