June 29, 2008
I picked up the short fiction compilation Santi: Lives of Modern Saints for several reasons. First, I was enchanted by stories featuring religious icons. Second, the opportunity to read Italian authors (who make up about half of the contributors) would introduce me to new talent. But most of all, I noticed that several of the American contributors had already contributed to the Book Notes series on this blog, so I was already a fan of their writing.
Edited by Luca Dipierro and Frank Daniels, the book is filled with quality short fiction, from Grant Baille's "Saint Bob" where Bob hears God speaking to him through hair dryers to Erin O'Brien's "Skywriting with King Tut Down at the Little Egypt," one of the most moving pieces of short fiction I have read all year.
The stories by the Italian authors are represented both in Italian and Emglish, and Claudio Morandini's "Le Dita Fredde/The Cold Hands" stands out as the son of a miracle working living saint has inherited his failing father's powers.
For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.
My next book is the book by Peter Moskos, Cop in the Hood .
also at Largehearted Boy:
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)