Title: Treading the Uneven Road
Author: L M Brown
Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Pages: 206
First published: 2019
The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story.
This is a very strong short story collection. All the stories are set in the same area and they are all interlinked. A side character may be a the main character in a story or two later.
I felt like I got know these character through their own story and then through the eyes of others and I really enjoyed that experience. I really loved the writing and the exploration of character and situation. I think all of these stories featured a loss of some short, whether it is of a friendship or love or a the death of a family member. There is definitely more than a touch of bleakness, but the last story, written from the perspective of the collective villagers, brought some lightness to it all. It was very cleverly done.
I enjoyed each of these short stories very much and if you like slice-of-life character-driven stories, I would highly recommend this collection.
6 out of 7 stars