What a great idea for a novel. 50% one story, 50% lots of others. I think Moyes might be unparalleled in her ability to grab a reader and thrust them right into the centre of a narrative, no pretext or exposition required.
In just a few short pages she is able to take a reader right until the soul of her characters, where they discover the essence of that person. It’s a rare thing to see right into the heart of a person. Sure, you could argue that it works in a book because the characters aren’t real, but I wholeheartedly disagree. They are your mother, your sister, your best friend, your neighbour, the cranky old woman in the supermarket, the tired young parent in the library.
Moyes is so successful because she writes about us. These short stories are no different.
I would thoroughly recommend.
Paris for One and Other Stories is available for purchase now.