Title: Where the Dog Star Never Glows
Author: Tara L. Masih
Release Date: February 15, 2010
Publisher: Press 53
Genre: Literary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction, Short Stories
Rating: 4 out of 5
In these seventeen short stories, author Tara Masih explores the human condition through protagonists of different genders, ages, and cultural backgrounds.
I don’t read a lot of short stories, but when Tara Masih first contacted me about her short story collection, I was intrigued. Each of these stories is well written and engaging. Masih has a crisp, sharp writing style and doesn’t mince words. As a result, these stories are powerful and Masih’s prose gives them the extra punch they need.
In some ways, the stories are very different from one another. Some are three pages, others are fifteen. Masih isn’t afraid to use as much (or as little) space as she needs to get her point across. They also take place in very different settings, with characters of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Some, like “The Guide, the Tourist, and the Animal Doctor”, about a female travel guide in Dominica, are self-contained, while stories such as “Say Bridgitte, Please” are just a glimpse into lives that seem to continue beyond the boundaries of the stories.
However, what all these stories have in common is they are impressively crafted. They are about people, both the good and the bad. There are themes of understanding and acceptance, but also of loss and disillusionment. Masih is an impressive writer, and I look forward to seeing what she can do with a novel. What is for certain is that Tara Masih is certainly one to watch. If you are interested in literary short stories, definitely give this collection a try.