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I Knew You'd Be Lovely by Alethea Black - Excerpt

I Knew You'd Be Lovely by Alethea Black - Excerpt

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Commanding, piercing, and emotionally multidimensional, I Knew You'd Be Lovely is a debut story collection that heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

Alethea Black has created a brilliant, intoxicating, and wholly fresh collection that features a piercing sense of optimism and yearning. These thirteen irresistible stories offer up great entertainment, writing that shines with nuance and precision,
and a coterie of vulnerable, memorable characters who are at some sort of emotional crossroads or turning point and who are ready and open for the epiphanies we all hope await us. Brimming with irony, insights about the unpredictable nature of life, the unbearable beauty of fate, and the exploration of the particular power that one moment, or one decision, can have to transform us, I Knew You'd Be Lovely will amuse, startle, and touch readers.

To read more about I Knew You'd Be Lovely or Alethea Black please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
Commanding, piercing, and emotionally multidimensional, I Knew You'd Be Lovely is a debut story collection that heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

Alethea Black has created a brilliant, intoxicating, and wholly fresh collection that features a piercing sense of optimism and yearning. These thirteen irresistible stories offer up great entertainment, writing that shines with nuance and precision,
and a coterie of vulnerable, memorable characters who are at some sort of emotional crossroads or turning point and who are ready and open for the epiphanies we all hope await us. Brimming with irony, insights about the unpredictable nature of life, the unbearable beauty of fate, and the exploration of the particular power that one moment, or one decision, can have to transform us, I Knew You'd Be Lovely will amuse, startle, and touch readers.

To read more about I Knew You'd Be Lovely or Alethea Black please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Jul 5, 2011
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GOOD IN A CRISIS
At night, for an hour before going to sleep, Ginny readthe personal ads. Not because she was looking for alover, but because she was mesmerized by the languagepeople chose to describe themselves. She found herself underlining standout lines by women and men, old andyoung.
Platinum frequent flier, phenomenal legs, doesmuseums in two hours max
wrote a thirty-six-year-oldbusinesswoman.
Generally a barrel of laughs when not contemplating thoughts of an untimely death
quipped afortysomething filmmaker. Ginny also enjoyed
Capableof holding entire conversations with answering machines,
 and
Rides badly, speaks three foreign languages badly,cooks badly, but does all with vigor & enthusiasm.
Shesometimes thought of pairing up two ads with each other:
Zero maintenance
having sushi with
Non-needy seeksother non-needy.
Her affection was stirred by the fellowwho claimed to
appreciate all manner of candor
—he wasseeking a mate with
 poise, wit, and joie de vivre.
 
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raven9167 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
So I'll just admit I'm a sucker for short stories. There's something about such small windows into life that gets me every time, and for a truly excellent writer, I always marvel at how they managed to pack so much character, so much feeling into a mere few pages. This is one of those collections.

Alethea Black is more in touch with the human soul than most. Almost every single story in this collection touched me to my core, even when it was Ms. Black's hilarity rather than her sadness. The stand outs for me: "That Of Which We Cannot Speak", "Good in a Crisis", "The Summer Before", "Mollusk Makes a Comeback", "Double-Blind" and of course, probably my favorite, "Someday is Today." Every one of these stories flutters with an originality and heartbeat all its own, whether it's Ms. Black explaining a gathering of nerds or the longing and desperation of a 20-something for a purpose.

I also enjoyed that the book felt tied together by a singular theme of characters trying to decide something large and possibly life altering, or looking back with hindsight on such a decision. I think it's hard sometimes to see those decisions when they're coming in your own life, and so it's always rewarding to see someone who has managed to confront those moments with such authenticity.

Read this book when you're sad to know that you're not alone. Read this book when you're happy to simply experience a few revelatory moments of the human experience.
jackieblem reviewed this
Rated 5/5
If every short story writer was able to write with such succinct intensity and blazing purity of message, I'd be a much bigger fan of the genre. At the very least, I am now a HUGE fan of debut author Alethea Black. There are thirteen stories in this amazingly slim volume, but the quality of reading experience for each and every one of them rivals many novels that are told in ten times the pages. She is able to use just a few words to convey a highly charged emotional setting, getting you completely invested in the characters within a couple of paragraphs. Frankly, I'm in awe of this collection, and cannot recommend it highly enough. I especially loved the author's notes section at the end of the book where she explains her inspiration for every story. I also think this would be a great read for a book club--there are an amazing number of issues covered in these stories should lead to some very lively discussions.
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