A project focused on bringing women’s voices to readers and celebrating the stories they have to tell. Including stories by Keyan Bowes, Carol Cao, Chelo Diaz-Ludden, Sarina Dorie, Naomi Elster, Jordanne Fuller, Ari Harradine, Karen Heuler, L.S. Johnson, Tonya Liburd, Kelsey Maki, Julia Ray, Patty Somlo, P.K. Tyler, Deborah Walker, Keira Michelle Telford, Kim Wells, Elizabeth Wolf, and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley. Please read on for my review, and don’t forget to enter the HUGE giveaway where you could win a Kindle Fire HD 7 inch, $50 Gift Card or a Paperback Library from 11 authors from this collection!
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Oxford defines mosaic as a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass, expanding this definition a bit to present a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole. What this anthology has done is brought together twenty or so authors to write on the concept of gender and femininity. Smooth and polished writing, seemingly superficial until the twist, each author challenges your ideas, perhaps allowing you to look at age-old issues with new and questioning eyes.
Far from accepting the way things are, each story manages to take a left, a right and circle back with insights, imagery and emotionally available moments. From characters relegated to myth and legend to those who are palpable in their current day situations, the authors spin, twist and travel along a path that will have you thinking long after the pages are turned.
Initially agreeing to review Book of Lilith by P.K. Tyler: this twist of the creation story bringing a new dialogue and revising this His in history. A wonderful introduction to this author’s writing from those unfamiliar with her style, is brings a sense of the Joan Osbourne song, What if God Were One of Us to mind in that sort of lilting, wonderful, daydreaming way. Moving from this story, I was intrigued enough to read on and did finish the entire book, in several sittings.
Some moments and stories will make you uncomfortable: but that’s never a bad thing. You aren’t told that any one way is THE WAY, simply presented with alternatives – and who doesn’t like alternatives? While I consider myself a fairly facile thinker, able to look at issues from different sides, this book stretched my horizons and provided perspectives that only exposure can bring. A wonderful collection for those who want something a bit different from the norm, providing plenty for thought and a good sample of several authors that bear further exploration.
Title: Mosaics: A Collection of Independent Women
Author: Keyan Bowes, Carol Cao, Chelo Diaz-Ludden, Sarina Dorie, Naomi Elster, Jordanne Fuller, Ari Harradine, Karen Heuler, L.S. Johnson, Tonya Liburd, Kelsey Maki, Julia Ray, Patty Somlo, P.K. Tyler, Deborah Walker, Keira Michelle Telford, Kim Wells, Elizabeth Wolf
Series: Mosaics #1
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: DayDreams Dandelions Press
Published on: 8 March, 2016
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon
COMING MARCH 8TH 2016
Mosaics: A Collection of Independent Women features authors writing about Intersectionality, WOC, and disabled, trans, or GLB/GSD* (Gender and Sexual Diversities) with short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and art.
Foreword by Susan Kaye Quinn
Wax Anatomist's Daughter by Deborah Walker
The Girl Made of Glass by Ari Harradine
Someleze's Children by Chelo Diaz-Ludden
Happily Ever After in Twelve Stained Glass Panels by Keyan BowesKaguya
at Leisure by Caroline M. Cao
Book of Lilith by P.K. Tyler
Adventures in Gaming by Tonya Liburd
Pain Relief by Julie Rea
Open Space by Kelsey Maki
Star Girl and Captain Obvious Meet the Troll by Kim Wells
THE DAY THE WIND STOPPED BLOWING by Patty Somlo
Six Poems by Elizabeth S. Wolf
The Chinchorro Boy by Sarina Dorie
The Last Automaton, and accompanying art piece by Jordanne Fuller
FEMINA VIRTUS by Keira Michelle Telford
Space Travel Loses Its Allure When You've Lost Your Moon Cup by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
The Reluctant Flesheater by Naomi Elster
The Living Wood by Karen Heuler
The Queen of Lakes by L.S. Johnson
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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