Appel, Jacob M. Appel. Einstein’s Beach House. Book Review.

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It isn’t often that a collection of short stories holds my attention as well as this one did. Each story is written in first person and has a smooth, easy reading style. The protagonists are both male and female and of a wide variety of ages, yet the author succeeds in adapting to each viewpoint.

Sardonic and unpredictable humor is threaded throughout the book. Characters are both flawed and admirable. But what I liked the most was the fact that each protagonist was understandable, although frustrating at times, and in the short span of the story was able to connect with the reader. I cared about these people. They were vulnerable and real, no matter how quirky.

Some stories are dark and disturbing, like The Rod of Asclepius, a story of revenge and despair. Some are manic and hilarious, Like La Tristesse des Hérissons.

Each story was unique and compelling. I did, however, find Sharing the Hostage to be a bit similar to La Tristesse des Hérissons in that the main character was in love with a woman who was strangely obsessed with an unusual pet. I read one story per night, savoring each as I drifted off to sleep.

Highly recommended.


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