I’m chuffed to bits with this beautiful review of my Reflex Press collection The Stairs Are a Snowcapped Mountain.
Reviewer Nicie Panetta of Necessary Fiction says some rather lovely things about my stories, including:
The collection’s title comes from the story “Family Psychology,” which speaks to the power of a child’s imagination. For the young person at the center of the story, the confines of the family home transform into imaginary worlds filled with companionship and adventure. The stairs become an alpine peak, and “the uncharted territory of the roof” becomes the moon. Suffering limitations, isolation, and loss, Darling’s characters find comfort and connection where they can — on lockdown zooms, in a dumpster, and while milking an alpaca. Whether the threat comes from cancer, lockdown, or climate change, creativity, and empathy are usually the active ingredients in the medicine for what ails.
Yep, I noticed I’ve been re-named Darling in that excerpt, but I’ve been called worse.
It’s a truly wonderful review that has made my day. Thanks Nicie and Necessary Fiction!
Find out more about The Stairs Are a Snowcapped Mountain and purchase here.