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Today I’m delighted to share my review of The Alternative by Suzanne Burke.
Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds- of-miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney Australia.
Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.
Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.
Author Suzanne Burke grabs readers, once again, in this powerful, penetrating collection of short stories.
Release Date: June 18, 2018
Author Suzanne Burke grabs readers, once again, in this powerful, penetrating collection of short stories. This isn’t a light-hearted read. No, these stories are riveting and stay with you long after you finish. The collection is as diverse, as it is enthralling.
Although all stories have the underlining premise of karma, each short pulled me in a different direction, as I charted my own path of understanding such complex situations and subsequent emotions. How do we define karma in our own hearts? The definition is clear on paper, but when attached to human emotion, human pain and existence, the layers of influence are impossible to ignore. In several stories, I pondered the ripple effect of one’s actions and the scope of its reach. For example, if a perpetrator is prosecuted by his/her victim(s) years after the tragic event, will the victim(s) find solace in the act of retribution? Or will he/she be forever tormented by the act of retribution and his/her willingness to carry it out? How will karma avenge him/her?
All stories can easily stand alone as engaging reads, but four, in particular, garnered my attention and continue to have a hold on me. Human Disinterest is a story that is sure to move all readers. The author shines light on the complex, yet fragile line between living a comfortable life and one of homelessness. The brilliance of this piece is that we see all sides of this often-stigmatized situation and we bear witness to the compassion and resiliency of the human spirit.
Alexis in Blue, Choices, and Hidden by Shadows are three stories that will be forever with me. The subject matter is as heart-rending, as it is poignant. PTSD is complex; its reach is grand in scope and carnage. Although works of fiction, author Burke is capturing the tragic reality of it and serving a greater good. It’s so easy not to read these stories because they are too dark, too uncomfortable. But we need to go there and feel it. To understand it as best we can and not just look away with indifference. I hope these stories start the conversation and steadily render cracks in the barrier known as stigmatization.
A collection of stories that holds the capacity to evoke so much emotion and, hopefully, all readers will reflect on their own beliefs and challenge those entrenched preconceptions influenced by time and favoured circumstance.
This is a soul-searching, highly recommended read.
Note: I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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