By Diane Williams
11.20hr – 12 March 2016
I knew from the first 86 words this was treasure…so I quickly shut the book, smiled and looked forward to my new plan for the afternoon. For last Saturday’s post meridiem I was going to take this baby in the one session and I couldn’t wait to get off the bus and start.
…three fairly brief sessions later….yes I relished it and re-read it and relished it again…I offer this advice – go discover Diane William’s quick fictions.
They are off-beat, chuckle creating and so sublime. Williams puts into words exactly how it is.
It’s slightly batty, but not in an unfamiliar way, more akin to one’s usual disjointed thoughts.
Here’s a little taster – ‘She’s enjoyed their examinations of her backside in her bed.’(page 29). It’s in plain English but expresses so much more. Or ‘He takes a cloth and wipes the greasy face of his computer.’ (pg 32); ‘The family was blessed with more self-confidence than most of us have and with a great lawn…’ (p. 51); and ‘Beneath his coat, when I first met him, his shirt had seemed to have broken out into an inflammation -’ (p73). It’s fabulous description, not over-stuffed, rather crafted brilliantly.
Sadly, for me it’s over and I was quite distort when I reached the final page…but then with relief I noted that Williams has written more…so I’m off to source the championly titled ‘Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty’ and ‘It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature’ to satisfy my needs.
This is short fiction but not stark. I challenge you not to be blown away.
(the very cool bookcover image sourced at google images)
What a treat to hear from you and what a relief I never married your dad’s second wife…she sounds a handful. I miss you and think of you so often. lots of love to you and your family xoxoxox
My father, when he was divorcing his second wife used to describe her as FINE. Fucked up Insecure Neurotic, and Excitable!!
Am definitely going to read this one! Hope all is well. Much love, Xxx
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