Gifts for the one who comes after, by Helen Marshall
Rating: 5 stars
Marshall has a way with words that makes the macabre and creepy beautiful. While it was a little harder to get into a couple of the later short stories in the collection that were 2nd person, and there was a story that I’m certain had a deeper meaning (I’m terrible at finding those), each and every story was written with graceful prose. Once I started reading, it pulled me along, demanding that I continue from story to story to see what happened next.
There were a couple stories that were difficult for me to read with themes of miscarriage.
I think my favourite story was the one that told you right from the start how the story would end, but encouraged you to read through, because reading the end of the story first wouldn’t make any sense. I followed Marshall’s instructions, and I understood exactly what she meant. And even with her telling the reader how it would end, I still found it surprising.
The variety of voices and locations was refreshing, and it was amazing how she could get me to want to know more about all the varied characters in the stories.
Well done, and highly recommended.