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If you like gritty short stories, firmly rooted in real life, you will love “Dreaming Rodin”, a collection of short stories by John M. Flynn. Within these tales, we meet many ordinary, flawed people trying to live their lives in the best way they can. Sometimes, their “best” may not be conventional or acceptable to many, but that is what makes these stories so enthralling.
Flynn’s characters leap from the pages into vivid life. Several of the stories delve into the relationship between mother and son. “Pluto on Sundays” is a disturbing story of a child becoming lost in his fantasy world, to the detriment of his relationship with his mother. In “Where the Mountains are Tinged with Silver”, there is a wonderful description of Nora, an ageing woman, whose son pays a visit. There is such love in their relationship. This contrasts with the relationships described in the next story, “The Fig Tree”.
Some of the stories are hopeful, where events led to greater understanding for the characters; others are shocking; some are subtly humorous. All draw you in immediately.
John M.Flynn is a fine writer. His choice of vocabulary brings his descriptions and characters to life, creating lasting images in the mind. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – these are stories that will stay with me for a long time!
I would like to thank the publishers, Publerati, for sending me this book in return for my honest review.