Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves for Christmas #ShortStories – Becoming Someone by Anne Goodwin.

Anne Goodwin released her latest short story collection, Becoming Someone, on November 23rd, just in time for Christmas. It is in print so still time for it to reach someone special before the big day.

About Becoming Someone

What shapes the way we see ourselves?

An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.

Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?

Is identity a given or can we choose the someone we become?

One of the early reviews for the book by Literary Flits

I enjoy reading short story collections, but it’s rare for me to find one where I love every tale. Usually there are hits and misses so I was delighted to find that every single one of the forty-two stories in Becoming Someone is a hit!

Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour so all her characters came across to me as authentic and genuine – quite the achievement when the stories run such a wide gamut of human experience encompassing pretty much all ages, genders and relationships. Anne can also vividly portray scenes within a few sentences. Becoming Someone includes stories of varying lengths from vignettes that barely last a page to full tales that are several pages in length. I felt that they were each as long as they needed to be though. None were too abrupt or overstayed their welcome, and every one had a thought-provoking point to make.

I did find that I needed to frequently set this book aside in order to think over the story I had just read – and this is certainly not a criticism! Despite their brevity, the Becoming Someone stories cannot be considered light reads and this isn’t a book to dash through. I enjoyed dipping into it, particularly of an evening, but long enough before sleep to allow sufficient pondering time!

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Also by Anne Goodwin

One of the reviews for Underneath

I really enjoyed this book. I had read Goodwin’s first book, found that she is very good at plot and at linking all different parts of the story together, and was delighted to hear that she had a second book published. This I enjoyed even more. It is a real page turner with a wonderful twist towards the end. I do not know why a previous reviewer found it difficult to follow. It is clear that Goodwin’s previous life as a clinical psychologist has given her a great understanding of, and ability to explain how, our childhood relationships can stay with us for a long time and impact upon the later relationships that we make.

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About Anne Goodwin

Anne Goodwin loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil. During her career as an NHS clinical psychologist her focus was on helping other people tell their neglected stories to themselves. Now that her short fiction publication count has overtaken her age, her ambition is to write and publish enough novels to match her shoe size. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was published in July 2015 by Inspired Quill and shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, was published in May 2017. She has a new short story collection due in November 2018

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19 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves for Christmas #ShortStories – Becoming Someone by Anne Goodwin.

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  4. It’s wonderful to see Anne and her book featured here, Sally. I’m a big fan of Anne’s work. She is a master storyteller in both long and short form. Many of my favourite short stories feature in this new book.

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