Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Smattering of Darkness

Title: A Smattering Of Darkness
Author: Alisha "Priti" Kirpalani

Publisher:  The Priquill; 2 edition
Publication Date: December 23, 2015

Rating: 5 *'s

A collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. A riveting and deep journey into the minds of a terminally ill man, a battered wife, a mysterious teacher amongst other flawed but ever so human protagonists. Surprise endings, cheeky resolutions and thought provoking finales are characteristic of this anthology. Ranging from one line to full length, each story leaves a lingering impact that resonates long after the page is turned.


I love how even though this is supposed to be a darker collection of stories it is has an underlying theme of hope and desperation. We journey into the deep minds of sorrow and loss. The stories leave you wanting more.

Kirpalani has a way with words that draw you in. I felt tears well up as I continued reading on. I started this unsure if I'd be able to finish reading it but the more I read the more I was drawn in. Each story ends somewhat abruptly but leaves a window open where these stories could be come their own.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and would love to read more of Kirpalani's work.