At Times I Almost Dream.

Author:Burt, James
Position:Book review

Amy E. Yergen (author); AT TIMES I ALMOST DREAM; Pink Narcissus Press (Fiction: Short Stories) 12.00 ISBN: 9780982991350

Byline: James Burt

Combining fantasy and reality in fiction is no easy task. Amy E. Yergen's At Times I Almost Dream serves up a world of almost child-like fantasy mixed with heavy adult situations. A collection of short stories, each narrative punctuates the tough topics of love, loss, and lust while moving in between thresholds of the Earth and mind. It's an odd offering that isn't always easy to fully comprehend but has a consistently fresh delivery, encouraging the reader to turn the page each time.

Moving from cover to cover, one is treated to description-rich passages that provoke the senses, word-by-word, line-by-line. The clipped, evocative final paragraphs of "Chamber of the Sea" could titillate a literature snob or romance novel reader equally. Similarly, the sexual apparition of Miranda in "Amphibian Girl Woman" is provocative yet mature. In fact, the descriptive passages of each story seem to be Yergen's strong suit. She reveals details about an incarcerated brother of the female narrator in "Handspun" and the hell of high school in "Rapunzel's Daughter" over two...

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