We read for many reasons. Through stories we are able to travel to distant and unfamiliar places. We meet new characters and are able to step inside them for a bit, allowing us to see the world through someone else's eyes. We can imagine ourselves doing something we've never even dreamt of trying. Stories open our minds and make us think, but they also touch our hearts. We make connections and revelations. We see ourselves in others. Whether by a place, a cast of characters, or an unfamiliar situation, we often also read to be surprised.
If you read for any of these reasons, you will enjoy The Weight of a Human Heart. This varied and at times experimental collection of short stories by author Ryan O'Neill travels the wide world and brings readers inside the lives of many different characters.
I think short stories are most effective when they are actually short. ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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