A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.
In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places.
While I'm Still Myself, by Mark Jeremy Lane, is a collection of short stories. Each share a small common thread that ties them together, the theme, While I'm Still Myself. There's the story of a short, tragic romance; the circle of life between birth and death; a girl who fears her mother's sad fate will be her own; a girl who sacrifices herself for her friends; a life shaped by regret; love and justice; and what goes on behind closed doors. Each story is heartbreaking, beautiful, tragic, bittersweet.
The author has a wistful, poignant style of writing. Each word of every story is quiet and subtle, but put together as a whole, speaks volumes. The book is a fast read, and I found myself endlessly curious as to what the next story would bring. If you are a fan of short stories, as I am quickly becoming, you should definitely make the time to read While I'm Still Myself.
"A passing cloud allows a hint of light to touch Lucy's headstone, and a thought comes to his mind: I
never got to see her face in the sunshine. It's a shame. I bet it would have been amazing."
Paperback, 125 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Tate Publishing
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* I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. *