I’ve grown to love short stories more and more over the years. Unlike in a novel, the scenes generally move more swiftly. In many ways, the writer has to more skillfully incorporate information and descriptions to focus and engage their readers attention. This can be quite different than the “build-up” present in a full length book.
There were some instances where grammar or paragraph structure could have been corrected, but overall the writing is solid and the author managed to elicit empathy for the characters without making it feel overdone. Descriptive phrasing was particularly vivid. One could imagine the large, lonely house with its sole occupant waiting out the storm, hoping for their beloved one to return.
Some might question “how” or “why” certain things happened in the story, but I’m the type willing to accept a writer’s story the way they wish to present it. “Eliza and Mrs. Frank” was good enough for me, and though melancholy, it is a thoroughly enjoyable little tale.
Description: Left alone in the 19th century sea captain’s home she and her husband bought on the northeastern coast, Eliza finds that vestiges of the original owners surround her. As a storm rages and waves crash below, it seems she and Mrs. Frank, the widow of the sea captain who’d built this house for her, may have more in common than Eliza first thought.
Published: Jan. 06, 2011
Category: Fiction » Mystery & Detective » Short Stories
Words: 3073 (approximate)