Seven for Reflection
Review of a book of short stories written by Betty Mermelstein
This is a delightful collection of beautifully-written short stories with well-defined characters and vivid imagery.
Although the title suggests a theme of reflection, the narrative binding these stories together spoke to me of loss and regret, tinged with a hint of poignancy and sadness. These essential elements all have a deep association with the human condition which the author successfully manages to extract and weave into a cohesive whole.
The unique psychological insight into each character’s life combined with the authenticity of the author’s voice make it hard to imagine they could not have been influenced to some degree by her own personal experience.
Betty’s broad, descriptive style and focus on the fragility of relationships reminded me of the writing of Raymond Carver and his tales of the dispossessed. This book is ideal for those who enjoy immersing themselves in stories about the human experience with all its trials and complexities.