Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers by Janie Dempsey Watts

Hi,

How is your summer reading coming along?  I got an email the other day from Goodreads to let me know that I am behind on meeting my 2017 reading goal.  I haven’t done as much reading as I had planned this summer, too many other activities to distract me.  So when my paperback copy of Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers arrived from the author, it was perfect for my summer reading.  The book is filled with short stories and each one can be read over a cup of tea or coffee.

Knowing your summer is busy too, I will keep this post short.  I just want to give you an idea for a great little book if you are looking for something to read when you have limited time.

Sitting down with a cup of tea, I open the book and start to read.  I am instantly transported back to my college days when I had a Critical Thinking class; the text book was filled with short stories. Ones that had to be read and analyzed.  I remembered how much I love a great short story.  Each one is so different and you can’t wait to open the book again as you know the next story is going to capture you immediately.

I quickly fall into each one and at the turn of the page it is over already.  Each story in Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers left me thinking and in my own mind I analyzed to find the deeper meaning.  The stories Janie writes are filled with detail, thoughtfulness and will transport you right into the story and then leaves you thinking, smiling, laughing or surprised and a little shocked.

The book is a mix of stories from her life and travels in California, the South and Europe.  You will find a little bit of everything from finding love amidst  spilled Lego’s, Postcards from Europe, and strangers in a lavanderia.  Janie includes love, life and family in each of her stories and there wasn’t one I didn’t completely enjoy.

This book will take you on your own little journey with each story. I found it fun and engaging.

If you have a minute drop me a reply as to what you are reading or a great summer read you have stumbled upon.  One of the goals for 2017 I set was to read a classic that I read as a child. I wanted to see if it left me with the same feelings I had as a child when I read it or did it give me a different perspective.  I will fill you in on my thoughts when we meet up again.

Until next time,
Bee Readin’,
Terri

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Comments

  1. Hi Terri. This sounds like a good and quick read. I’ll add it to my list. Right now I’m reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It’s a fictional story about Ernest Hemingway. Have you read it? Early in the summer I started Gone With the Wind. I’m really enjoying it, but have yet to make a dent in it. A year or so ago I reread Heidi. I enjoyed it more as an adult reading it. I think it’s one of my favorite books. I’m interested to hear which childhood book you are reading.

    • Terri

      Hi Janet. Thanks for the recommendation on The Paris Wife. I haven’t read it. Gone With the Wind is a challenge, such a long book, good for you. I thought it would be fun to go back and reread a classic that I loved as a child. I finished it and will blog it next week. I got more out of it as an adult than as a kid. I just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. So far so good. Hope you are having a great summer filled with lots of beautiful hikes. Chat soon, Terri

      • Hi, I’m on page 140 in Eleanor Oliphant. I have a feeling it will rip our heart out at the end. The way she doesn’t expect to ever be loved. Anyway, I’m a friend of Janie’s. I haven’t got her short stories, but I will be seeing her at the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild meeting on Tuesday so I will probably get one then.

        • Terri

          Hi Victoria,
          Thanks so much for the comment and letting me know about Eleanor Oliphant. I am thoroughly enjoying it and have the same feeling as you, it will rip at our hearts. Tell Janie I said hello. I loved her short story book. I haven’t read any short story books lately, and it renewed my love for them. I hope you enjoy it! Take Care, Terri

  2. This sounds like a lovely read, Terri. Another one for my reading list, then. I am currently reading “Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria” by Noo Saro-Wiwa. It is excellent, and especially as I have no desire to ever travel to Nigeria, it gives me an opportunity to get to know the culture and country without ever setting foot there. Another brilliant book I’ve recently read is the novel “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

    • Terri

      Hi Jolandi, I think you would really enjoy the short stories, each one is so different. I have added Homegoing to my list and will check it out, thank you so much. I am with you on the Nigeria travels. I love to read books that offer a story from a country I won’t ever visit, especially when written well and they take you there without having to go. Keep me posted on other great books you read, I’m always searching. I just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and so far so good. Thanks for keeping in touch! I can’t wait to follow you on your new journey. Take care, Terri

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