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I only recently discovered Monica Wood, and after reading one of her novels ("Any Bitter Thing"), I went online and purchased everything she's written. This collection of short stories will draw obvious comparisons to Olive Kitteridge, and rightly so, but that doesn't detract from it. I loved all the stories, loosely woven together, and the characters are all fully developed and rich and authentic. I didn't want it to end!
This book was recommended by the Portland (Me) Press Herald last week. The review was so inviting that I immediately downloaded the book. It was truly a lovely book- like putting a puzzle of people together. Monica Wood is such a good writer and story weaver.
It was contentious time in a small town. A time that set brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. A time not that much different from our own in some ways. Each of the ten chapters in this book is, in its own way, begins the healing the village needs. A balm, perhaps, for our own times. Read this gentle reminder that individuals still count and they can make a difference.
Monica Wood is a talented writer and Ernie’s Ark does not disappoint. A disparate cast of characters float in and out of each other’s lives. The rich detail and human centered focus of the stories allow you to get close to each character and brings the reader to a satisfying ending.
The people you meet are real. They face struggle and anger and disappointment, but through it find forgiveness and respect and joy and peace. Reminds me of Olive Kitteridge, but with far more optimism and joy.