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)