Women on the Brink

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Elizabeth Kretchmer – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Women on the Brink is a stunning collection of loosely linked stories in which women aged thirteen to ninety must face the unwelcome realities of their lives Sometimes gritty sometimes humorous and al Women on the Brink is a stunning collection of loosely linked stories in which women aged thirteen to ninety must face the unwelcome realities of their lives Sometimes gritty sometimes humorous and always compassionate G Elizabeth Kretchmer’s prose takes the reader on a compelling ride alongside these ordinary women as they wrestle with family relationships self esteem socioeconomic status maternal obligations and need for independence Each story is enhanced by one of fourteen original poems contributed by talented poets specifically for this collection and its themes Women on PDF or Although the stories stand alone they are further strengthened by the relationships among the various characters throughout the collection Readers of Ms Kretchmer’s first novel The Damnable Legacy will also delight to find that some of the characters from that novel have reappeared here The women in this collection may or may not be the type you’d invite over for lunch Some of them are tough Some aren’t all that likeable Some might not see the world the way you do But they’re compelling in their own right as they reflect women in today’s world—women who have come along a difficult path—and as they courageously take control of their lives. GAB I received a free Kindle copy of this work from G Elizabeth Kretchmer in exchange for an honest review Thank you Ms Kretchmer for sharing your work with meI approached this work with a little hesitation the weather has been bad and I've felt a touch of SAD I needn't have worried These women on the brink are strong and smart and my little problems seem like molehills in comparison This is an excellent collection of short stories with special poems leading into each story There are connections between the stories but each stands bravely alone as well I will look for much from G Elizabeth Kretchmer She is an author I will followA BN posted 41416 BOOK REVIEW by Gail Galvan March 14 2017Chicago Writers Association MemberReviewerTitle of Book Women on the BrinkAuthor G Elizabeth KretchmerPublication Date 2015ISBN# 978 1 5137 0235 3Page Count 356 pages Kretchmer the author of Women on the Brink ignites an adventurous yearning we have all experienced in our lifetimes—the dreamy idea of running away She uotes Edward Abbey “May your trails be crooked winding lonesome dangerous leading to the most amazing view” For participants in life who choose to truly live rather than comply with a safe “uiet life of desperation” sooner or later an “on the brink” crisis seems inevitable Such are the cases woven within this anthology of intriguing short stories Combined with poetic soul searching vistas and an extremely versatile literary range between motherlydaughter like connectionsand at times a uentin Tarantino lingo like boldness Kretchmer tells her edgy tales As a restless kid who lived in Indiana with a railroad track directly behind our house believe me I can relate to many of the characters on the brink How many times I dreamed of hopping on that slow moving train and wandering off to some crazy new adventure or destiny Well readers like me get to live vicariously through these stories and do just that While reading along I felt the angst the soul searching—the brave daring spirits andor desperation—and always hoped for the best Yet like true life situations of course we cannot always expect happy endings This writer knows that and does not shy away from imperfection failure and great sadness at times for her characters Though many do succeed in securing fulfilling destinies One incredibly wild ride involves a first day on the job truck driver named Roxanne Frustrated and on edge about spending years as an accountant in a “God forsaken cubicle in the heart of Kentucky” suddenly she finds herself in a totally bizarre dangerous situation A skinny scared teenage girl stowaway in her “Peggy Sue” Class Eight sleeper truck is in a run for her life scenario and begs Roxanne for help Although her hot off the press trucker’s license and life uickly become in jeopardy too she puts the pedal to the medal and races for the Canadian border Yet the “bad guys” are in close pursuit and want their precious money making teenager back The variety of story lines and the flawed multi dimensional realistic characters make this book a truly evocative entertaining read For instance how often does a young mother admit that she is not embracing motherhood one bit? In fact she wants to float away on a boat just like Tom Sawyerand Frankie does The notion of suicide surfaces in another story titled “Alligator Poetry” A mother with a family feeling empty inside wants to end it all—and almost does However she recoils from the brink—just in time—thanks to a last minute phone call that offers her a chance for a renewed sense of purpose and self worth So Gillian packs her bags leaves a letter and family behind and only glances “at all those dead poets” stacked on her book nightstand before taking off for a volunteer job in Oregon Each story—every character—touched my heart I felt very sad when empathizing with someone’s shortcomings and absolutely thrilled when a daring soul changed her life for the better The author of Women on the Brink dares readers to walk in complex shoes—to laugh love and sometimes agonize and emotionally bleed right along with the characters she has so masterfully created “I know I know This isn’t what journaling is supposed to be about Here I am defacing these pretty pages with all this whining Whining You’re supposed to process your feelings with your writing; that’s what the how to journal books say Whatever My feelings say my life sucks right now” 151Dedicated to “anyone who ever dreamed of running away” Women on the Brink is just what it says—it’s about women stepping out on the ledge and facing the high altitudes of the world In these stories we learn of the uiet strength and resilience of women Whether it be from depression boredom sadness or hormones we just don’t find the fulfillment and therefore do not feel the happiness In “Skydancer” a woman battles with her motherly instincts and a wailing child After all “an animal didn’t reuire the commitment of a lifetime A lifetime” 18“She’d known him a while by then but only as his pilot bringing him out to base camp and back and that night she imagined climbing mountains or trekking through jungles or flying off to sunny beaches with him She’d turned her head and looked out at the sideways snow and listened to the moaning wind and she’d wondered why she wasn’t enjoying his touch his sex She’d been anxious for it to end so that after he left her bed she would have her body to herself again to hibernate for the rest of the year inside her soft warm clothes” 19“She was too upset to think right now about where the abandonments of her past and the responsibilities of her future might lead” 26“Float Away” is told in the perspective of a young 13 year old girl branded with a school nickname; she “was a mutt without a history” 48 “Something about turning in that library card made my eyes fill up Or maybe it was that suggestion about there being no happy endings for girls” 50 If only she could follow the river like Huckleberry Finn“Like today I’d been in bed with a bad case of what I called the alligators those dark thoughts that swarmed about closing in snapping their big sharp teeth at me much like they had been today I had never told anyone about these feelings or the way I thought of them metaphorically as primordial reptiles They’d think I really was loony But I knew I wasn’t Just as Sylvia Plath described her own depression as an owl’s talon clenching her heart my dark thoughts reminded me of alligators” 73“Girls Against Perfection” is a testament to our inner beauty and general humanity It goes to show that raw potential and special talents are hidden beneath layers of blemished flaws ie fat dark skin ratty clothes etc Of course I enjoyed some than others For example I didn’t think reading poetry to a crazed patient was helping much While some were rich in balanced detail others dragged on and on I did wonder why they were sectioned off by seasons though I didn’t think that was too relevantPoetic and well versed these tales reveal the true endurance of woman as deep poignant and lovely as can be And yes written words are therapy Women on the Brink The World if Full of Possibilities if you Dare I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI read and reviewed Kretchmer’s novel ‘The Damnable Legacy of a Minister’s Wife’ this summer and was fascinated not only by the story the Alaskan setting also helped but also by the complex characterisation and the psychological insights When I was offered a copy of ‘Women on the Brink’ I didn’t hesitateThe book combines short stories by Kretchmer with poems that are interpretations of themes feelings or sensations related with the stories that follow The title perfectly reflects the nature of those stories The women in them are at different stages of their lives from teenagers trying to find themselves to elderly women escaping a retirement home but they all find themselves at a point when they uestion their lives as they are and what they are going to do nextI enjoyed the different settings and characters the writing style easy to read and varied adapting well to the different stories —some introspective some comedic— and also the open endedness of them In ‘Bridge Out’ the main character who after retirement decides to become a trucker mentions ‘Thelma and Louise’ and like that movie the stories show women going their own way and these are many different ways Perhaps piloting their own plane going away to help in a disaster zone confronting their past And we never see them crash Because one of the messages of this collection is that the world is full of possibilities if you only dareFor those who have read the author’s previous novel there are some familiar characters and there are also characters mentioned in several stories and who appear in than one hinting at the interconnectedness between all of our lives  Although I wouldn’t say my circumstances are exactly those of any of the women in the stories I identified with the feelings and the emotions described I cheered worriedly for the ‘Girls Against Perfection’ and I thoroughly enjoyed the transformation of Margee in ‘Coco Palms’ from obedient wife to avenging warrior  I would uite happily have read about any of the characters in the stories and confess I could see uite a few of them turned into much longer works I loved the light touch in ‘Accelerant’ and Maureen the perhaps not as confused as she seems grandmother is a fabulous character Despite their length the author creates fully fledged characters and situations in each one of the stories condensing descriptions and sharpening her prose with not a word spareThe poems complement beautifully the book and provide an effective and lyrical link between themI recommend it to all readers those who enjoy short fiction and poetry and also those who don’t read short stories because we should challenge ourselves and they might be pleasantly surprised Women on the Brink by G Elizabeth KretchmerWomen on the Brink is a stunning collection of loosely linked stories in which women aged thirteen to ninety must face the unwelcome realities of their lives Sometimes gritty sometimes humorous and always compassionate G Elizabeth Kretchmer’s prose takes the reader on a compelling ride alongside these ordinary women as they wrestle with family relationships self esteem socioeconomic status maternal obligations and need for independenceEach story is enhanced by one of fourteen original poems contributed by talented poets specifically for this collection and its themes Although the stories stand alone they are further strengthened by the relationships among the various characters throughout the collection Readers of Ms Kretchmer’s first novel The Damnable Legacy will also delight to find that some of the characters from that novel have reappeared hereThe women in this collection may or may not be the type you’d invite over for lunch Some of them are tough Some aren’t all that likeable Some might not see the world the way you do But they’re compelling in their own right as they reflect women in today’s world—women who have come along a difficult path—and as they courageously take control of their livesMy Review Women on the Brink is an amazing book with multiple stories all revolving around the strength and courage women have to cope with and learn to wield as they make their choices in life Its inspiring its heart breaking its beautiful and its amazing Who else better to write about the inner strength women find in themselves than a woman? Kretchmers writing is honest its real and its a vital stem that connects to all her female readers on a fundamental level It takes a certain kind of person to be able to write something so honestly even when its not perfect When the lives and experiences these women have been through aren't always easy and simple It takes smarts risks and boldness you have to learn to grasp and that choice isn't always the right one or wrong one but its a part of living and learning Women on the Brink is a wonderful read from beginning to end My Rating5 StarsReviewed By Krissy's Bookshelf ReviewshttpkkmalottbooklikescomNote I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review Women on the Brink is exactly how it's described in the above synopsis a Stunning Collection Each individual story is prefaced by a poem These stories are then written around the theme of the poem Some of them are soft and compassionate and others will leave your mouth hanging open as you contemplate what exactly the woman in the story was thinking about No one story is like the next The women are at different stages in their lives; teenager new mothers older wealthy women tired of being alone and the like I've read the author's first novel The Damnable Legacy and it was nice to see some of the characters from that book make their way into this oneEach story may uniue and stand alone but they are united by the need for changes in their lives The inner strength each one is able to muster becomes their power With that power these women are able to stand up and take back the reigns of their own lives As you read these stories reflect on them and think about what they are trying to convey Even though Women on the Brink is considered Women's Fiction these women may very well be someone in your own family or circle of friends These women could be your neighbors co workers or your favorite hairdresser One of these stories may just describe you This collection is well written Each individual story has emotional content that will have you sympathizing crying or laughing right along with the characters Some of the topics are dark and disturbing I still get emotional when I think about Skydancer and the tones that are set within Marisa's story You may not like each story that's presented but I guarantee some of them will pull at you keep you engaged and resonate with you long after you close the bookThe review copy was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review Absolutely StunningKretchmer put together a grand collection of stories and the focus is women Women of all ages shapes sizes and strengths Typical women There are stories and prose an enhancement to normal storytelling I really enjoyed this collection It was so easy to relate to the women and the stories and how to find ones inner strength even when we don't think there is any strength left I have to admit that my favorite was Writing Therapy but I enjoyed all of them I loved the session and when it was over When Raina stood she felt chilled Naked Exposed and rejected As though she’d been ripped open and also handed a heavy load of guilt and shame A load she would now have to carry all by herself throughout the next week I reread this story a few times before moving on Very nice stories that make you think laugh and enjoy the life you have The characters were intriguing and very intelligent and you’ll definitely find a story or two you’ll like that will likely stay with you for a little while They are short enough and intriguing enough to keep your attention riveted You’ll like Auntie and Marisa and Justine and a few other women and their stories They were well written and enjoyable if a little tense at times but if you ever get the chance to check it out do so You just might be glad you did I received this ARC from the author for an honest review Delightful short story collection about women Women from all walks of life at different points in their life Different lifestyles different approaches to life Each story is prefaced by some wonderful poetry I truly enjoyed the poems and how they further enhanced my reading experience This is the first book I've read of G Elizabeth Kretchmer and I'm so glad I did The stories are thought provoking and imaginative I was provided a free copy of this book for an honest review via LibraryThing