Short stories are an art form. You need to be concise, precise, and unexpected. Quirky Short Stories by Greta Silver is all that and more. Each story has a unique voice.
Oasis is the story of a mentally ill woman with a tenuous grasp on reality. It brings forth the idea that no one knows what another person is thinking, what they are going through, or what they will do to survive.
Cecily's Secret brings us a lovely young woman who has it all--including a secret she will hide at all costs.
The Last Puzzle Piece is a darker tale of a woman dealing with an abusive husband. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, but each jump in time is demarcated by a row of artist brushes so we know when we are back in the present.
Airpocket puts us on an airplane next to a nasty man who is trying to fleece an old lady by teaching her poker. This story does not have an aha ending, but it is satisfying because we, the reader, can see what is happening long before the main character does.
Never Never Land takes us to a mental hospital and again underlines the fact that no one knows what is going on inside another's head and, therefore, we should not classify them in boxes.
Garden Plot is the story of two rival neighbors and how they became antagonistic toward each other. The writing is so vivid, you can clearly picture the characters and the scenes. Garden Plot is my favorite story of the book. I chuckle every time I think of it.
Those Invincible Apron Strings is, as the title implies, the story of a woman struggling to break free of her overbearing parents. The parents are a hoot--I'm sure we've all met people like this.
Life Is So Boring is a science fiction tale that pushes the boundaries of outlandish behavior. I didn't see this one coming. It's my second favorite story in the book.
The description of Quirky Short Stories says they will remind you of someone you know. Perhaps yourself. I agree. It's the nutty, full-bodied, believable characters that make these stories so enjoyable. They do remind me of people I know. Maybe myself.