Lies I Never Told - A Short Collection of Short Stories

Lies I Never Told A Short Collection of Short Stories It s what we do We make our own beds We become thirty and then forty and we divorce and re marry and visit our children on weekends and work at jobs we never dreamt of doing and have too many relati

  • Title: Lies I Never Told - A Short Collection of Short Stories
  • Author: Martin Crosbie
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It s what we do We make our own beds We become thirty and then forty and we divorce and re marry and visit our children on weekends, and work at jobs we never dreamt of doing, and have too many relationships with people we don t like, and on the outside we look like any other forty year old hero We re not though, because it never goes away No matter how much we try to It s what we do We make our own beds We become thirty and then forty and we divorce and re marry and visit our children on weekends, and work at jobs we never dreamt of doing, and have too many relationships with people we don t like, and on the outside we look like any other forty year old hero We re not though, because it never goes away No matter how much we try to hide it, inside we re still seventeen, sitting at the river, looking for the girl with the brown eyes In this collection of short stories, Martin Crosbie, the bestselling author of My Temporary Life , presents us with a glimpse into the rear view mirror of life Crosbie s writing is quiet, so quiet that when the crash comes you suddenly realize you ve been gripping onto the edge of your chair, living the story right along with the main character In this intensely personal collection, he writes about relationships, sex, children, infidelities, guilt, and sometimes, the absence of guilt Lies I Never Told includes four new, original stories, one previously published short story, and the first chapters of his bestselling novel My Temporary Life and the follow up My Name Is Hardly.

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    1. I really loved this book as a whole. The stories were filled with raw emotion and a special vulnerability that felt honest. I can't wait for Mr. Crosbie's next book.Blind men don't CryThis is a captivating story that could touch the inner depth of ones soul. Beautifully written. I held onto each word as if it were a gift. All the little treasures come together making this a story one that I wished had not ended."She's busy now, my daughter. She has friends, friends I don't know. She has less tim [...]

    2. Lies I Never Told by Martin Crosbie is a collection of five short stories and five samples from longer novels. The novels begin with My Temporary Life Book One. The last short story, Afternoons with Angela, appears at the end of this collection, I moved it for this review. If you open the sidebar of Kindle to look at the table of contents, the information displayed is confusing as to the order of presentation and content. But that doesn't take away from the excellence of the writing. This, and a [...]

    3. A collection of short stories and some snippets of longer novels that take a hard look at life. Each story involved the complications and problems that the main characters had to endure and how they solved them. Some stories I found interesting while others didn't hold my interest as much. But that is what happens with short story collections. The snippets of the longer novels were not enough to get into and left me with wanting more. I guess you could say that is a good sign of a talented write [...]

    4. This book is a collection of short stories. Most of the books were very interesting.but, there were some that did not hold my attention.

    5. Short Stories from Martin CrosbieWhere Martin Crosbie found his voice is a mystery. His ability to create stories (here very brief ones) that explore the psyche of his chosen stand-in trope in such a way that within a few sentences you are so aware of the character's life and feelings that he seems to be sitting beside you, in conversation with only you. In `Blind Men Don't Cry' we travel the street with a man in his car on his way to meet his now twenty something daughter from an estranged marr [...]

    6. Lies I Never Told - A Collection of Short Stories gives a taste of the range of subjects Martin Crosbie writes about. From the thoughts and feelings of contemporary societal situations to tales of Scottish lads, I discovered a true storyteller in this author who is new to me. What a great idea to include the first chapter of a couple of his books as if they were short stories…I cannot wait to read the full books now! This wouldn't work with just any novel or with any author. The first chapter [...]

    7. This is a collection of short stories that draw you in from the first few lines and takes you on the journey with the characters. There are many characters whose feelings and lives are open to the reader. There are moments of loss, love, tension and have you on the edge. It is hard to name any that stand out because they all pull you in and keep the pages turning. There are two that you can read more of if you want to, these are my temporary life and my name is Hardy. So if you like the tasters [...]

    8. I was given this book by the author for an honest review.I'm not much into short stories and didn't really take heed that this book held several. However, the insert appealed to me and the write up so I sat myself out in the garden to start reading, knowing that I would get interrupted there as my husband was gardening and he always asks me "what do I think". Hence the short story book came in handy.I really loved each story. Although they were quite short they were well thought out. I could act [...]

    9. So-soThe first two stories reminded me of New Yorker stories. I guess that means they're good. But they didn't really grab me, just like a lot of New Yorker stories don't.Then there was the third story, "My Temporary Life". The subhead "Chapter One" made me think it would be a long story. I felt used when I got to the end and found it was just a teaser for another e-book by the same author. The fourth story was another teaser for another e-book. At that point I stopped reading.

    10. Martin Crosbie entertains us with a mix of quality writing and familiar scenarios that remind us of the psychological aches and pains associated with the human condition. Whether faced with the aftermath of a broken relationship, frayed parenting skills, or a romantic encounter that haunts our memories, Crosbie masterfully assures us all that he too has encountered woes that make our lives both rich and real.

    11. I have to say that I truly enjoyed the first few stories of this book and was eager to read more. However, I felt that a number of the stories towards the middle were actually more like excerpts for other works. The writing was still very good, but I'm not crazy about "commercials" in the middle of my short story anthologies. I would have given this book a higher rating had I not felt interrupted/ manipulated by the "read more of this story at." ads.

    12. This collection of short stories were truly amazing. I loved each one of them, but my favorites were Afternoons with Angela (cause I loved that she was almost an angel with just one letter off) and also The Absence of Guilt which caused my eyes to mist over. Each and every story was beautifully written.

    13. This is a collection of short stories and the first chapter from both My Temporary Life and My Name is Hardly. Crosbie chooses he words in a way that unzipped larger emotions in your brain than you'd think possible from the length of the pieces. If you don't want to commit to a book this collection is a nice sampling of his work. Yo should try it.

    14. I read this collection recently on a flight and found it to be the perfect book for a journey. Easy reads that absorb you from the beginning - I particularly liked 'Wendy Isn't Coming Home'. I shall definitely look out for other works by this author.

    15. A fantastic collection of short stories that makes you crave for more. Author Martin Crosbie is a remarkable storyteller. "Lies I've never told" is one of those rare books you can't put down until finished reading.

    16. It's not often that I gravitate towards short story collections, but in this case, I'm really glad I did. Crosbie drew me in to his characters, from dealing with depression to the heartbreak of parenthood, every tale is beautifully told.

    17. I was fascinated by this collection. Each story triggers very intense, very profound emotions. Highly recommend!

    18. Short but so very well developed stories that are so gripping and real. I couldn't believe how well he writes. I am so glad I discovered this author.

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