BOOK REVIEW: WISH I WAS HERE BY JACKIE KAY

WISH I WAS HERE

GENERAL INFORMATION

TITLE: WISH I WAS HERE

AUTHOR: JACKIE KAY

PAGES: 198

PUBLISHER: PICADOR

YEAR: 2006

GENRE: SHORT FICTION

COVER TYPE: HARD BACK

www.amazon.co.uk/Wish-Was-Here-Jackie-Kay/dp/0330511815

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Kay

BLURB FROM THE COVER

Love.

In her new collection of stories, Jackie Kay explores every aspect of this most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions, exposing the moments of tenderness, shock, bravery and remorse that accompany its pursuit, its passion, its passing.

A woman remembers her night of lust through a litany of motel room numbers. Another loves her wild, beautiful daughter enough to let her go. A stranger confesses the tragedy of her jealousy to her companion on the night train. And two men caught in a mist on top of the world survive against the odds.

Capturing her characters in their moments of greatest joy as well as their greatest vulnerability, Kay brings the chaotic experience of love into sharp focus. In her unique style, simultaneously fierce and delicate, she tells this oldest, most universal of stories in the newest and freshest of ways…  

REVIEW

HIGHLIGHTS: The strongest stories in this collection were You Go When You Can No Longer Stay, Wish I Was Here, The Silence and Sonata. The rest of the stories were good but these really stood out. In You Go When You Can No Longer Stay, two women cope in different ways with the disintegration of their relationship. In Wish I Was Here, the title story, a woman follows her best friend and her new lover to their holiday getaway like a creep stalker. In The Silence, Kay uses a split narrative to show the differing viewpoints of a long married couple whose relationship is teetering on the brink of collapse. In Sonata, a woman pours her heart out to a stranger on a train.

LOWLIGHTS: I enjoyed everything about this collection of stories. I wish there had been more stories in it.

THE OPENING LINE

It is not so much that we are splitting up that is really worrying me, it is the fact that she keeps quoting Martin Amis (YOU GO WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER STAY)

FINAL THOUGHTS

I enjoyed every story in Wish I Was Here. I’ve read a lot of Kay’s poems and thought her novel Trumpet was amazing. Wish I Was Here reaffirms my belief that she’s a great writer. I want to read more of her stuff. I wish there had been a few more stories in Wish I Was Here.

RATING

4 STAR RATING

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