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Tapestries and other short stories (English Edition) von [Woods, Alana]
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In 'Tapestries and sleeping beauties' Carolyn Burns, embroiderer-extraordinaire little knows what she’s up against when she meets brother-in-law Bob’s architect, Alexander Wells, on the building site of Bob’s new home.

'Squeaky shoes' takes you into the courtroom for a divorce based on farting.

'The scenic route', an award-winning true story, shows what can happen when you ignore a young Carabinieri with a pistol.

'Yin and Yang' is an exquisite story of love and loss and 'A south sea pearl' a salutary lesson about trusting too easily.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 205 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 41 Seiten
  • Verlag: WoodsfortheTrees (21. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006OIKSW2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Nicht aktiviert
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Short stories are supposed to leave a longing, a desire to spin off from where the story ended, and create space to ponder about what would have been and what could have been.

Award-winning author Alana Woods is a master in doing so. The main story of "Tapestries and other Short Stories" evokes the feelings all women dream of, how we would like to meet "our guy". Most of us desire some kind of excitement, a "Cinderella" story. We guess that we cannot find true love without overcoming a few hurdles. We know that we can get to grips with our feelings once we try to shoot past the misaligned stars.

In "Tapestries and Sleeping Beauties" everything goes wrong when Carolyn meets Alex for the first time. Working on a twenty feet high fireplace, she gets startled by Alex, who brings one of his clients to her place of work. A bucket full of acid wash falls on the client:
`I was paying attention ... to the job! And all I can say is fancy being stupid enough to stand underneath someone who's up a ladder.' Carolyn glared, forgetting the hose and spraying him as well as the woman.

The unpleasant situation does not create a desire for further contact, yet Carolyn keeps running into Alex. At some point the reader cannot help but figuring out that Alex seeks the contact. Every woman, who has ever been at this junction knows that how difficult the examination of one's feeling can be under such circumstances. Alana Woods brings it to life:
`Here's to happiness,' he toasted. `Happiness?' she said, `Whose?' He quirked an eyebrow. `Bob and Fran's, in their new house.' `Oh, right.' She tapped her glass against his. `Yes, to Bob and Fran.' He changed his weight from one foot to the other and slipped a hand into his trouser pocket.
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12 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Gem! You've got to read this one! 21. Juni 2012
Von JOHN L WORK - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
How's about a little romance tale with a happy ending? Or perhaps another with a punch-in-the-gut jolt at the finale? They're right here.

Would you prefer a really short one that'll make you laugh `til your eyes water and your sides hurt - so funny that you'll have to hang onto the chair arms to keep from falling over? I guarantee that you'll be yelling to whomever's in the next room, "Hey, you've just got to read this!" I did - after I got to where I could stop laughing.

You'll have to buy the book and explore the very last yarn to find out what's there. I won't tell you more, except that you'll get pulled right into it, in a hurry.

Alana Woods has given us a gem - a collection of wonderfully written short stories that will leave you asking for more. She's an extraordinarily imaginative author with a virtuoso's command of the language. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's romantic, funny, and says what we really feel... 28. September 2013
Von Gisela Hausmann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Short stories are supposed to leave a longing, a desire to spin off from where the story ended, and create space to ponder about what would have been and what could have been.

Award-winning author Alana Woods is a master in doing so. The main story of "Tapestries and other Short Stories" evokes the feelings all women dream of, how we would like to meet "our guy". Most of us desire some kind of excitement, a "Cinderella" story. We guess that we cannot find true love without overcoming a few hurdles. We know that we can get to grips with our feelings once we try to shoot past the misaligned stars.

In "Tapestries and Sleeping Beauties" everything goes wrong when Carolyn meets Alex for the first time. Working on a twenty feet high fireplace, she gets startled by Alex, who brings one of his clients to her place of work. A bucket full of acid wash falls on the client:
`I was paying attention ... to the job! And all I can say is fancy being stupid enough to stand underneath someone who's up a ladder.' Carolyn glared, forgetting the hose and spraying him as well as the woman.

The unpleasant situation does not create a desire for further contact, yet Carolyn keeps running into Alex. At some point the reader cannot help but figuring out that Alex seeks the contact. Every woman, who has ever been at this junction knows that how difficult the examination of one's feeling can be under such circumstances. Alana Woods brings it to life:
`Here's to happiness,' he toasted. `Happiness?' she said, `Whose?' He quirked an eyebrow. `Bob and Fran's, in their new house.' `Oh, right.' She tapped her glass against his. `Yes, to Bob and Fran.' He changed his weight from one foot to the other and slipped a hand into his trouser pocket. He wants to stay and talk to me, Carolyn thought, and then, sarcastically, How nice.

And later:
He stared back. `Except that Fran's eyes are sea green and yours are like emeralds.' My God! she thought. `And your hair is a deeper red.' He was studying her.

Reading on:
`Who? Oh, Alex.' Fran craned round in her chair. `I thought you couldn't stand him.' Carolyn shrugged. `I can't. He's an arrogant know-all. I was just feeling sorry for his wife, if he has one.'

I was in awe with this wording. This short dialog shows Carolyn's fishing for information. While she does not know, if Alex is married, Fran does. Opposite to some of the nonsense I read about other (even more famous) works this is a perfect dialogue how any smart woman would try to get the information.

Will Carolyn and Alex get together? No spoiler in this review. "Tapestries and other Short Stories" features also four other short stories:
Squeaky shoes
The scenic route
Yin and Yang
A south sea pearl

"Yin and Yang" - Just took my breath away.

"A south sea pearl" - As I read the opening sentences of Wood's last story:
"Do you like pearls? I do. Liking them got me into trouble. Let me tell you how."
I expected a completely different story than the one, which unfolds. It tells how even a rational person can throw away all logic when the longing gets too much.

In a most masterful way Woods ends:
"And so, here I am. In the lockup I walked past as a tourist just two days ago, waiting for the visiting magistrate; who won't be here for another three weeks.
Bill doesn't have a partner."

It is a perfect ending, which invites the reader to think, to ponder, to want to know more... about this story as well as the author's complete works. I am excited to have discovered this author's work. Looking forward to reading more of her work.

Gisela Hausmann -- author & blogger
4.0 von 5 Sternen Unique, Sensitive Short Stories from "Down Under" 13. Oktober 2014
Von Claude Forthomme (Nougat) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Short-stories from a master storyteller, no doubt about it. You may not like all of them, there is one built around a character's body problems that is perhaps not as appealing as the others. But the sensitivity and deftness with which this author describes and develops her characters are worth the read. This is someone you want to watch, I know I shall keep reading her.
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