My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 short story stars (even if you don’t typically like short stories!) to To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
This book has won multiple awards, and after reading all the stories, it’s no wonder why. Caitlin Hamilton Summie is adept at writing deeply emotional short stories with a single thread uniting them .
Themes we can all relate to of family, reconciliation, and home going, resound within these pages with simple and quiet, yet deeply profound words. I found myself highlighting passages on most every page.
Even if you do not typically enjoy short stories, this is a collection to give a try. Nothing is clipped or rushed. There is plenty of resonance, much on which to reflect, and the loosely-tied themes bring them all together and offer a smooth connection. This book made me fall in love with the short story.
“We’re from the same place, but we have different geographies of the heart.”
Thank you to Caitlin Hamilton Summie for the complimentary copy. I will be revisiting this beauty!
Finalist, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards for Short Stories
Featured in The Millions Most-Anticipated The Great Second-Half 2017 Book Preview
Selected for 35 Over 35’s 2017 List
A Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus Book for June 2018
In these ten elegantly written short stories, Caitlin Hamilton Summie takes readers from WWII Kansas City to a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood in New York, from western Massachusetts to woodsy Wisconsin, and from the quiet of rural Minnesota to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geographical boundaries that shape our lives as well as the geography of tender hearts, loss, and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the defining nature of place, the need for home, and the hope of reconciliation.