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Beth's Review: The Passion of Jazz and Other Short Stories by Nicholas Bridgman

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Publisher: Nicholas Bridgman

Released: February 10, 2016

Genre: Literature & Fiction

Length: 43 pages

Format: ebook

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This collection of short stories by Nicholas Bridgman delves into finding beauty and love in unexpected places. It begins by following two young classical music proteges who discover their passion for jazz and for each other at a summer music academy, and who meet fifteen years later and have to face the potential relationship they lost. In "No One There to Listen," a family vacation to the Grand Canyon goes horribly wrong, with the family members unable to express their love for each other until it is too late. In "Grandfather's Gift," a man has to lose everything to discover the love behind a gift his grandfather sent him from beyond the grave. In "Lost in the Woods," two American study abroad students in England have a harrowing time lost in a wood on their way home from Dublin, creating an unlikely bond between them. Finally, in "Sleep," a man with schizophrenia traverses the forensic mental health system and finds that sleeping his time away serves as a strangely beautiful coping skill.

Three Boundless Stars

This book is a collection of five short stories. They are all very different from one another; however, my theory is, the author brought them together in hopes of giving readers a deep moral lesson about appreciating life.

All five stories were well written, smooth and quick reads. I really liked the first one, The Passion of Jazz, but the others were not that appealing to me; I think I would have enjoyed them more with a little more closure to the last few stories. I think some may have been a bit morbid than I care for, and the others just were not my taste. This is not to say they’re not for you. I would still recommend the book; if you don’t like it, it’s only half an hour lost. At 36 pages for 5 stories, it is definitely a quick read.

This was a tough decision but I feel a 3 star rating is fair. It was good, but could have been better.

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