Readers Receive a Collection of Short Stories in Summer Lies
By Amy Lignor
One of the best offerings for readers in this collection is the very first story titled, After the Season. On Cape Cod, after the season has come to an end, Richard, a German immigrant and flautist with the Philharmonic in New York City, meets Susan, a woman who works for a foundation in Los Angeles. Drawn to each other, they become very close the more time they spend together. Richard is staying at a B&B while Susan lives in a small cottage on a huge estate. Soon, Richard finds out that Susan’s extremely rich and that her foundation, as well as the estate, belong to her. Richard isn’t fond of ‘rich folk’ but finds that he has fallen in love and makes plans to move in with Susan in New York. Not only are these characters truly believable, but there’s a veil of mystery that the reader must use their imagination to see through when the story comes to an end.
In another tale, The House in the Forest, the main character is a writer. Married to another writer, who’s become extremely successful when he has not, a bit of envy arrives in the household. When his wife becomes a little too successful, the family moves into a lovely house set deep in a forest to get away from the city and live in peace. Soon…a bit of obsession comes the family’s way and some intriguing, slightly frightening, problems arise.
In yet another tale, a painful choice must be faced by Thomas in, The Last Summer, when a retired professor brings his family together for the very last time.
Beauty and intensity are found in many of these stories, and the added intrigue of allowing the readers to experience and imagine things for themselves is an interesting twist. Although the stories are short page-wise, they are very long on talent.
Until Next Time, Everybody,