In the second appearance for this author here at I am, Indeed – I am pleased to present
Title: Twist’s Tales: Volume 1
Author: Michael Twist
Genre: Short Story Collection
Series: Twist’s Tales, Volume 1
Best Read in Order: Not Necessary
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
.Ten stories featuring ten individuals in situations, both common and uncommon, that draw on a full range of emotions. From a woman’s blind date; to a teen making a career choice; to a soldier returning home; to a man with a regret; to a prisoner’s dilemma: these thought-provoking stories will stay with you for days. Included, is North Carolina Writers’ Network Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize finalist, ‘Dear John.’
This is the second collection of short stories that I have read by Michael Twist, and I am hard pressed to find better available today. In this volume, the author states that interesting things happen to interesting people, and then proceeds to show us how this theory is not only true, but gives hope that we too, can be interesting.
Starting with a story about a writer and the online correspondence that turned into a lunch date and winding up with a story that answers a question formed in a boyhood family Christmas celebration nearly 20 years earlier. While as divergent and disparate as apples and oranges, each story provides its own sense of completeness, while leaving readers wanting more.
When I had read the authors 3rd volume: Tales from Beyond, I mentioned that his stories were some of the best I had read, and were comparable in quality to those stories featured at Selected Shorts, a weekly radio broadcast that originates at Symphony Space in New York City, and highlights short stories: from known and unknown authors. This volume would also fit in that show perfectly, with a rhythm to the prose and a promise in the story opening that is most assuredly delivered upon.
Perfect for reading all at once, or spreading out to read in bits like little treats at the end of the day: this is a collection that has something for everyone, and there is little to not like.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Read the first book I reviewed for Michael Twist – A Touch of Beyond
About the Author: After eighteen years of teaching literature Michael Twist decided to try his hand at writing some of his own. Always fascinated by human nature, Michael’s stories often focus on the decisions people make and the internal conflicts they experience in doing so.
Michael’s short story Ties That Bind won the 2011 William Faulkner Riverfest Literary Competition. His short story Americans Do Love Their Cars won the 2011 Quid Novi Festival Writing Contest. Also in 2011, Michael placed second in the Writers’ Journal, Write to Win Contest with his short story Nearly Perfect. In 2012 Michael placed two stories (Tea in Chesapeake and Dear John) in the finals of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network as well as making the finals in the Press 53 Open Awards Competition with his short story Out on a Limb. His micro-fiction has been short-listed numerous times in the Flash 500 competitions.