The Storyteller Speaks: Powerful Stories to Win Your Heart
The appeal of short fiction is that it offers a glimpse of a character’s life, a problem, a twist and a quick finish. Annika Perry’s debut collection, The Storyteller Speaks, makes good on this promise in her newly published book of fiction and poetry.
Perry gives the reader twenty-one distinct stories about the daily challenges of marriage, children, friendship, family and loss. Her characters are knowable and likable, even the ones who find themselves on the bad end of a decision. Many of her stories depict the author’s upbringing in Sweden and the United Kingdom, yet show a universal understanding of family and relationships. And even though the stories are separate, the reader begins to develop a sense of community, as it seems as if some of the author’s characters might know each other.
Several standout stories will stick in the reader’s mind because of memorable characters and conflicts. In “The Whiteout Years,” a young widower wonders how he can let go of the heavy burden of guilt. Likewise, a young mother faces a very different future in “Sophia!” after a bizarre and tragic series of events. In one, there is a sign of hope. In the other, an unknown challenge.
Other stories finish with a warm feeling of love and friendship. In “Friends Forever,” Perry’s characters overcome a long and painful break and in “Role-Playing,” happiness is a given when old friends reunite.
But Perry isn’t afraid of exploring difficult or dark subjects. In “The Game,” children playing a seemingly harmless game discover the frightening power of their diversion. And in “Smouldering Shame,” Perry’s characters confront betrayal and a sorrowful tragedy. In “A Rare Passion,” a young man acts on impulse and immediately sees the folly of his decision. Can he fix his mistake in time?
Despite difficult subjects in many stories, Perry offers a strong overlying message of hope, love and family, as shown in her final story, “Loss of a Patriarch” in which a family finds peace and comfort after a beloved father and grandfather dies.
The Storyteller Speaks is a touching look at the challenges of life and relationships, an excellent debut. I look forward to reading more from this promising author.
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16 thoughts on “Book Review: The Storyteller Speaks: Powerful Stories to Win Your Heart by Annika Perry”
Wonderful review, Barbara. I was moved by many of Annika’s stories. She’s a fabulous storyteller.
Yes, I also enjoyed Annika’s stories very much!
This book is on my Kindle, patiently waiting its turn. Nice to see it reviewed here!
My Kindle was calling to me!
Aw I really need to read this. Hope you’re ok Book Club Mom x
Hi Books and Bakes 😉! I’m doing great just super busy. Hope you are well too!
Fine thanks. Glad to see your post! I was missing you! X
Barbara, what a wonderful surprise to see my book reviewed here!! 😀 I’m beaming away and am overjoyed you enjoyed my book so much … I love how you encompass the whole collection whilst picking out some of the stories and the elements within them and feel as if we’re sitting down for a book discussion! Wow!! The icing on the cake as I continue to enjoy my break … here in Sweden! Warmest thanks and hugs, Annika xx ❤️
You’re very welcome and congratulations on a lovely collection! 💐
I really love this review of Annika Perry’s Storyteller Speaks. You have taken the overview of her excellent and heartwarming stories. I also love how you highlighted some stories to show clearly the big variety of events.
Your comment: ” And even though the stories are separate, the reader begins to develop a sense of community, as it seems as if some of the author’s characters might know each other.”
really does show how they all share the depth and care.
I have read the book and can highly recommend you head over and click the buy button. 😊
Thanks! I appreciate your comments, Delphini510 and thanks too for stopping by! 😀🌸
Lovely review, Barbara. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Norah – yes a very enjoyable collection – thanks for reading and commenting!
This has been on my TBR list, but now I’ll have to move it up because of your review. It sounds wonderful and I love short stories. I also love your comment on the sense of community because if you’re wondering about the characters lives outside of what’s written there, then you know it’s a great book.
A lovely review of Annika Perry’s book.
Agreed, an accomplished and enjoyable collection.
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