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The Isle of Youth

The Isle of Youth: Stories - Laura van den Berg

These stories all feature a woman or women, trying to understand the world in which they find themselves. How did they end up with the lives they are leading, what did they miss, how did they make the mistake that led them here.


The writing is detached as if it is an observer telling these stories. Surprisingly that worked very well in this collection and lets the reader become an observer themselves. Another thing that impressed me was that these stories were complete in and of themselves, and a few had big moments for me when the meaning became clear. The only one that I liked but truthfully did not get, was The Acrobats and as is usual my favorite was the title story. An impressive grouping.