Genre: Short Story Collection
“In Hilligoss, a tired man searches for a son, a flamingo enthrals the night, and fireworks light up the lost. In these stories and more, Rusticles offers a meandering tour through backroads bathed in half light, where shadows play along the verges and whispers of the past assault daydreams of the present. Walk the worn pathways of Hilligoss.”
“Rebecca Gransden has always lived by the sea. She likes to write about the edges of things so if you inhabit the fringes you may find something to like.”
As the author’s bio and book description should make clear, these stories are different. Some might call them strange or even weird. Like the one about the park some people go to have sex, the high school boys who like to spy on them, and the two girls who decide to do something about it and how that turns out. If you think I just wrote a run-on sentence there then I wonder what you’ll make of the story called The final diary entry of Miles Feist. It’s 1232 words in one long sentence. (Maybe it’s Miles’ last entry because his English teacher saw his diary and turned murderous.) These are offbeat stories that leave room for the reader to fill in the gaps. Definitely not for everyone, but if it is for you, I’ll bet you’ve figured it out by now.
Some adult language.
UK slang and spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words