Book Review – Suicide Stitch, By Sarah L. Johnson
I happened upon this book one day on one of my frequent trips to Chapters. The author, Sarah Johnson, had a table set up and was signing books. At first glance I thought –– short stories, that’s not really my thing, but I’m so glad I picked up a copy!
Out of the eleven stories in this book my favourite are: I Am Lost, and Five-Day Forecast.
I Am Lost, features my favourite type of storytelling: the unreliable narrator! It’s the story of a couple, determined to live free of things that cramp their style or tie them down – when the unexpected happens; a pregnancy. The author whisks you back and forth between past and present, and only at the end do you piece together what really happen. Viewing the outcome through murk clouded glasses.
Five-Day Forecast: This is a story about two broken souls, at least that’s the way I saw it: an exotic dancer and a child of divorce. Each day, for four days, the dancer finds the child huddled by a chain-link fence, in frigid temperatures, near her house. Though their conversation might seem mundane, there are moments that scratch at the raw parts of both their lives. On the fifth day, the boy doesn’t show at their usual meeting spot. The coldness of that day can be felt though the pages.
I absolutely love reading all the stories in this book! I give it a 5 out of 5!