You Don’t Die of Love: Stories

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I just finished You Don’t Die of Love, a collection of short stories by Thomas Thonson.  I don’t normally read short stories, but I was intrigued by the book’s cover, which somehow promises a mixture of hope, promise and experience.  The book did not disappoint.  The book is cleverly constructed with characters that overlap among the stories, which are all about the film industry — for example, the detective who worked on the possible homicide of the main character’s wife in one story, becomes the focus of another when he retires and finds love in a Hollywood alleyway (it’s not what you think). These unpretentious-but-compelling stories are about life and disappointment and hope and experience and grace.  The characters are deep and believable, and the way they recur throughout the book creates a sense of recognition that grows as you read the stories.  I felt like I really knew these people.  I really liked the book, and I recommend it.  I received a complimentary copy of this book to review it.

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Posted on September 12th, 2011 by Katxena