Kate Milliken is a writer I'm proud to call a friend. She's a wonderful friend and a wonderful writer. I used to think that friends shouldn't write reviews of other friends' books, but that idea has proven antiquated in this day and age, and after all, I care very much what my friends think about my writing. I love this review of my book from Kate on Goodreads and want others to read what she's said so eloquently. Evidently, Kate can write anything beautifully. The review begins like this:
Full disclosure, I've known Peg for many years...seven, I believe, yet I feel as if I've known her forever. She is that kind of friend, but also that kind of a writer; intimate, timeless, and necessary. In her debut collection, Show Her A Flower, A Bird, A Shadow she transcends the prescribed story forms, getting at the heart of an experience or a feeling with a precision and intensity that leaves you at once breathless and relieved. This book does not sweep you away to another time and place, but instead asks you to bend and look at the shards of glass all of the escapists have left in their wake...
Read the rest here. So many beautiful lines. Huge gratitude to Kate!
Thank you to Your Impossible Voice and Nicholas Alexander Hayes for this review of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow.
"Often I find flash fiction is gratifying like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It is a pleasing combination of strong elements in a single tone. It is quickly consumed and quickly forgotten.Pursell gives us similar proportions, but her work is not a saccharine, cloying, or emotive nibble. Instead her pieces are like a well-aged scotch. You could take each of these narratives as a shot but doing so would miss the point of slowly savoring the complexity. "
The dedicated attention to one's creative work means so much. I'm to grateful for Hayes and to Your Impossible Voice, with a special call-out to Managing Editor Keith J. Powell.