“Lost and Found” is Maria Savva‘s latest collection of short stories and it was certainly worth waiting for. As always, when reading collections by this author, I didn’t want the stories to end – Maria Savva is a consummate story teller and I love her work. The mark of a good story teller in my opinion, is if, as a reader, I can identify with the characters. I experienced so many emotions when I read these well-written stories.
This selection encompasses many of the conditions that make us human: love, hate, jealousy, betrayal, compassion. All of the characters, even those playing minor roles, are finely drawn and believable.
I particularly enjoyed the first story, “A Different World” – a sensitive and compassionate snapshot of a trainee lawyer’s life. “Boomerang” is a powerful story which looked at the difficulties of being a single mother, when contending with post natal depression. The return of the child’s father appears to be a blessing……or is it? I laughed at the conclusions to both “Office Gossip” and “Birthday Boy”!
For those of you who enjoy short stories, or maybe haven’t touched on this genre yet, I can thoroughly recommend “Lost and Found”.