Saturday, August 13, 2011

America by Anne Azel

Publisher:           P. D. Publishing

Anne Azel is an accomplished writer who has won awards in multiple categories.  In America she has chosen to highlight the spirit of American lesbians.  It may be her best work yet.

America is a collection of short stories and vignettes about different lesbian couples.  Some of them are nothing but snapshots, while others are longer stories.  Some of them barely show a relationship beginning and others take the time to fully develop a story and the characters.  Those stories show the possibilities of what could be full length books.  What the stories have in common, besides being about Americans, is to show women at their best – loving, struggling and sometimes misunderstanding each other.  There are modern pirates, corporate raiders, tangents of memories and romance on a tropical island.  Each one reveals a different aspect of love and relationships.  In the mix the reader also is given a look at a cross section of American life.

Azel shows her skill as a writer when in the shortest pieces she's able to give the reader a complete picture with the right choice of words.  She proves that it's not how much is written, but how it's written.  The nice thing about an anthology is that the book can be put down after a short reading.  The catch with this book is that the reader won't want to put it down.

This book is worth the time spent with it.

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