Set in a one-street small town in the Irish midlands, “Snow” is an exquisitely crafted portrait of Dolores, a young expatriate Irish woman who is suddenly summoned home from America to take care of her estranged and sick father. In her childhood home, Dolores wrestles with the push and pull between her new American life and her past life in Ireland. As she nurses her father back to health, she is beset by memories and caught between family loyalties and her own desires. (http://www.pixelhallpress.com/Snow.html)
This is a short story with a lot story packed into these few pages. Anyone with aging parents will feel an affinity with Dolores. Dolores is called home to care for her aged and ill father when he suffers a heart attack. The task of caring for an ill family can be daunting. She has to put her entire life on hold, her dreams and her life in America are put to the back burner. This short story has some very strong elements and the reader will feel many emotions while reading Snow. The author paints a beautiful picture of Dublin and life in Ireland, and creates characters with great depth. I would love to see more of the story of Dolores. I give this book a big thumbs up! 5/5!
About the Author
An Irish native who now lives and writes on Boston’s North Shore, Aine Greaney’s most recent writing recognitions include a Pushcart nomination and selection as a “notable” in Best American Essays 2013. Other writing awards and shortlists include the Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing, the Fish Anthology, the Rubery International Book Award, the Frank O’Connor Award, the Irish News Short Story Award and Indie Lit 2011. Aine is the author of four books (two novels, a short story chapbook collection and a book on writing). Her fifth book What Brought You Here? (a memoir) is a work-in-progress. In addition, her personal essays and short stories have been published in consumer and literary publications such as Salon.com, The Boston Globe Magazine, Forbes, The Daily Muse, Generation Emigration, The Irish Times, Writers Digest and Books by Women. In addition to writing, she presents and teaches at various conferences, book clubs, arts organizations and schools. Her website and blog are at AineGreaney.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. – See more at: http://www.pixelhallpress.com/Snow.html#sthash.J8qrs33x.dpuf