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Fruiting Bodies

Stories

by Kathryn Harlan

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  • Ashleigh P
    Each under the skin
    Each story was like a tiny sip of of ice cold water on a scorching hot day - but just a sip. Enough to refresh you but leave you wanting more. Kathryn Harlan has managed to sew together a collection of unique short stories all with a common thread - the author seems to be inside of each of the main characters enough to know them at an almost shocking/embarrassing level. They have managed to unveil the most human - and often times ugliest - pieces of human flaws, psyche, and rawness. At times, the subtleness of the humanity displayed is ironically profound. What you are left with is a set of stories leaving you feeling vulnerable not only for yourself but for the characters within.
  • Carole P. (Natick, MA)
    Fruiting Bodies
    These stories make me think of floating in the ocean. All is calm then suddenly a wave breaks over you. Each story had a moment that made me say "wait a minute" and then start the story again. Fruiting Bodies was lovely , with a breaking wave at some point. I guess you could add well- written with intriguing stories. This book is just in time for summer. Not too dense, but some meat to it. I would just say, what a treat. Thank you BookBrowse and thank you Kathryn Harlan. Please write a novel next.
  • Stephanie K. (Glendale, AZ)
    Fruitful and Lush
    I'd definitely recommend this book to read and discuss, particularly for any book club interested in diversity and inclusivity. Fruiting Bodies is a unique and stunning collection of stories so cohesive it reads like a novel. Though each chapter tells an entirely different coming-of-age tale, the reader is left wanting more of the individual stories and their vivid characters. I hated to have the book end, and I haven't felt that way in a long time! I've read lots of short story anthologies, and it's rare as a reader to enjoy all of them so thoroughly.
  • WDH - Kentucky
    Interesting and Unique
    Well written, thought provoking stories that are very unique in style. The stories are easy to visualize while reading. Enjoyed reading and would recommend to friends.
  • Gary R. (Bolingbrook, IL)
    Stories to tell
    I don't know if it's just me but the older I get the more I cherish short story collections. I can pick it up when I have some time and read a story in a short amount of time. The author of Fruiting Bodies has provided a great collection of stories to read, to think about, to ponder their meanings from the fantastic to the sublime! Here's an author to watch. Recommended!
  • Mary S. (Bow, NH)
    A great debut
    What an interesting collection of short stories - somewhat disparate yet somehow come together in unity. Some of the stories are fantastical and dreamlike (looking at you Fiddler, Fool, Pair), while others are down to earth. I am not a huge fantasy/speculative fiction fan and so have little compare this to which is why I went with a good rating rather than very good. I think if that those genres appeal to you then this book is for you. However, anyone who picks this up will not be disappointed.
  • Rebecka H. (Roswell, GA)
    An Undomesticated Collection of Short Stories
    As I was reading "Fruiting Bodies," Kathryn Harlan's debut short story collection, vivid images and scenes would continuously play out in my mind based on the evocative descriptions of people and places. While all stories center on humans and their relationships, nature is always present, and sometimes, as in the title story, the line between humans and nature is blurred in the form of a symbiotic relationship existing between the main characters and the various fungi (edible as well as poisonous) growing on one of their bodies. Even if she had not incorporated the supernatural elements appearing at regular intervals throughout the book, Harlan has a knack for depicting ordinary people living lives that come across as a little magical just from the sheer beauty of her writing.
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