Wednesday, May 11, 2022

For a Few Hours by Yvonne Walus


When push came to shove, could you do what Yvonne Walus’s memorable characters have done in this stunning collection of stories?

Would you ever hire a sex worker, go all the way to New Zealand to join a man who may or may not be the love of your life, or shield your sister from going to jail by taking her place instead? And when you’re a boy longing for sex with your girlfriend, what would you do when the earth literally moves and you have to face the consequences of a major earthquake?

For a Few Hours is the new story collection from Yvonne Walus published by Bridge House. Some of Yvonne’s stories have appeared in previous publications but for the first time these, and new material, are gathered together for this powerful collection. Yvonne has also been published by Pipers Ash Limited, Amazon, and has had full length crime fiction published by US publishers, Echelon Press and Stairway Press.

Yvonne Walus’s unforgettable characters are bold, vividly portrayed, and make you wonder about their choices and what you would do in their shoes.
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Author Yvonne Walus creates a captivating collection of slice-of-life stories that will make you laugh, break your heart, and keep your eyes glued to the pages from start to finish. From moving tales that will strike a chord to stories that portray the unexpected absurdities of life, For a Few Hours is a diverse collection that will appeal to readers with a wide array of tastes. The characters are colorful and brimming with life. Their vibrant and distinct personalities pop out of the pages and leave their mark on you. Each story offers something unique. Although I enjoyed every single one of them, I found "Revenge of the Redhead" particularly rip-roaringly hilarious. A fascinating anthology that I highly recommend.

This is a tremendous collection of short stories. A great variety of themes and perspectives, with something for everyone. The writer's prose flows effortlessly and the dialogue is spot on with so many different characters and voices - young, old, female, male... I really recommend this book, with the story 'Never Have I Ever' likely to long remain remain with me.

The diverse settings, plots and ambience lift these stories above the mundane. These are real characters with strengths and flaws, painted with a punchy writing style that suits the stories perfectly. To me, each offering, whether set in South Africa (like One Wedding and One Funeral) or New Zealand (Where Art has No Place) or Just Anywhere, has left me wiser and genuinely satisfied. Interesting and entertaining in their own right, they provoke thinking long after they are read. You’re sure to choose your favourite but mine was Superheroes of Yesteryear. Thoroughly recommended. 


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