Marfi, from Incipient Wings, has a terrible influence on me. I’m trying to keep my reading addiction under control, and she comes up with things like A Book and a Blanket. I’m weak, my Wicked Luvs!
I devoured—and trust me, that’s the word for it— Crazy Lovebirds: Five Super-Short Stories, by Carla Sarett, a week or so ago; then I read them again and again. The stories are very short… and delicious misleading.
“For Better or Worse” and “Dad Takes Flight,” in particular, left me nodding a lot and thinking deep thoughts. These two tales are very funny—satire is strong with Mistress Sarett—but just like all good irony, when we read beyond the laughter we find the twists that squeeze the human condition and make us what we are. The following are three of my favorite quotes from the collection:
I’d colored my eyes with a sparkling designer turquoise, not one of those cheap “small” azures, but a luxury shade found only on the ceiling frescos of certain Venetian churches, and maybe not even there. ~“For Better or Worse”
Oh, something tells me that you two crazy lovebirds are going to work it out! All you need is a little R&R and some fabulous rehab center on one of those Caribbean islands where Boris or Igor does his banking or whatever it’s called these days. ~“Crazy Lovebirds”
I do not enjoy your family. This has been a concern since they are not interesting people. In fact, I’d go as far as to call them boring. But it speaks well of you that you tolerate them. ~“Victor’s Proposal”
Magic Love Crow’s The Eyes Are the Window to the Soul reminded me of the fast (and mildly startled) tone of the main characters in the tales—the pacing goes a mile a minute, and it works.
And guess what? As of right now, you can grab a copy of the stories at no cost. Yep, fly over to Amazon and get your hands on Carla Sarett’s Crazy Lovebirds. You won’t regret it.