Vanishing and Other Stories as well as Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It, I've been trying to bring more short stories into my life. One collection I am very much looking forward to is The Mother Who Stayed: Stories by Laura Furman, which particularly reminds me of Vanishing because of the connection of a common theme between the stories, even if they are about different characters. I haven't read any of Furman's writing before but the book has easily caught my interest from its description, and I really hope it has the subtle beauty I've come to adore.
In nine strikingly perceptive stories set miles and decades apart, Laura Furman mines the intricate, elusive lives of mothers and daughters—and of women who long for someone to nurture. Meet Rachel, a young girl desperate for her mother’s unbridled attention, knowing that soon she’ll have to face the world alone; Marian, a celebrated novelist who betrays the one person willing to take care of her as she is dying—her unclaimed “daughter”; and Dinah, a childless widow uplifted by the abandoned, century-old diaries of Mary Ann, a mother of eleven.The Mother Who Stayed is going to be released February 1st, 2011 by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.
The Mother Who Stayed is an homage to the timeless, primal bond between mother and child and a testament that the relationships we can’t define can be just as poignant, memorable, and inspiring as those determined by blood. Tender and insightful, Furman’s stories also bravely confront darker realities of separation and regret, death and infidelity—even murder. Her vividly imagined characters and chiseled prose close the gap between generations of women as they share their wisdom almost in chorus: Although our lives will end, we must cherish the sanctity of each day and say, as did Mary Ann ages ago, “I done what I could.”
How do you feel about short story collections where the stories all share a theme? Do you have any others to recommend? What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?