Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review: "Legacy: An Anthology"

What does it mean to leave a legacy? Is it something over which a person has control, like his or her proverbial destiny? Is it something done to a person, over which he or she has no control at all?

What do you think?

These are the questions explored in Legacy: An Anthology, a collection of fictional short stories and nonfiction essays by various authors, released from Velvet Morning Press.

Readers will enjoy these shorts from authors like Adria J. Cimino, who writes about what loved ones leave behind when they go in her piece, "Hope," and Didier Quemener, whose contribution takes an epistolary form of exchanged letters between would-be lovers in the translation "Letters of the Night" (as well as the original, written in French and also included in the anthology).

There will be something to which every reader can relate to, as well. Who doesn't remember the feeling of not belonging among a group of once-close grade school comrades ("Two Kinds of Legacy" by Jenny Milchman) or the transformation from disappointment in a loved one to admiration for their strength ("Gracie's Gift" by Piper Punches)?

Part of the mystique of the collection, for me, was the subtle ambiguity I felt as I read each piece. It's unclear from one inclusion to the next which are fiction and which are nonfiction entries, which effectively blurred what might otherwise have been harsh lines in trying to find a straightforward workable definition of the term legacy. I appreciated those blurred lines.

You'll find Legacy another thought-provoking and compelling offering from this publisher.

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Author: Various
Title: Legacy: An Anthology
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
ISBN: 978-0-69234-695-2
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the editor in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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