I’m a sucker for short story collections, and By the Wayside hit the spot. Many of these stories are powerful slices of life. Some have a fable-like atmosphere; others, a dash of magical realism. This collection was a delight.
Social commentary is cleverly woven in (especially in “Bree’s Miracle” and “Patience,” which allude to reproductive rights and Black Lives Matter, respectively). They pack a real punch, but it’s subtle, never heavy-handed.
And “How She Was Found” — this is a feminist love song, y’all. I loved the quiet little jabs. And oh my gosh, the ending had me scream-cheering! As in:
By the Wayside grabbed me in a lot of the same ways Parrish’s Our Love Could Light the World did: interesting characters, complex situations, and a lot of heart. Anne Leigh Parrish sure knows how to write about being human, and dealing with other people. l thoroughly enjoyed this book; it encouraged me to slow down and savor each story.
(Plus, how can I not love a book that sends me on a rabbit trail looking up Lillian Gish and Clara Bow, and watching old silent films on YouTube?)
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book. Check out what other readers have to say about By the Wayside by visiting other stops on the tour.