Sunday, 14 April 2019

An Empty Nest: A Summer of Stories by Sandy Day + #Giveaway

An Empty Nest: A Summer of Stories by Sandy Day
Self published in Canada on the 8th April 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Her kids are gone.

Her husband is gone.

She is slammed by an unexpected grief after her daughter moves out. This is why, relocating from her small messy apartment in the city sounds like a reasonable thing to do. 

But can living with her sisters at the cottage be a good idea?

You’ll love this poignant short read as it fearlessly portrays life beyond the empty nest. 

I am so thrilled that Sandy Day offered me a copy of An Empty Nest to read and review because I absolutely loved this short story collection. At just under a hundred pages, I had assumed the book would be a swift read, but actually found myself lingering over certain stories and rereading others so I came away from the collection almost with the sense of having read a whole novel, and an emotionally charged one at that. This sense might also be because of how each story fits so beautifully into the whole work.

Set across the course of a single summer, An Empty Nest depicts one woman's coming to terms with herself when there are suddenly no family members or pets to demand her time. At first angry and bereft at her abandonment, she gains perspective both from looking back into her past, and out into her present. I felt this book to be a coming-of-age story for women at a point in our lives when we are often overlooked. I loved the progression from our narrator's fraught emotional state at the beginning, to a serene tranquillity at its close. In fact reading An Empty Nest, for me, had a lot in common with a meditation. I could feel myself calming and focusing in step with our narrator. I'm not sure I have ever experienced this physical reaction in quite the same way from a book before.

Day has a sensitive and evocative turn of phrase and I felt as though every word was here for a reason. Her writing is rich with observations and memory, but never feels bloated or padded out. Yet stories of less than half a page in length are just as satisfyingly complete as those of several pages. I admit to being envious of not only the summer cabin around which many of the stories take place, but also of Day's ability to evoke this location! I think An Empty Nest is a stunning achievement. I would highly recommend it to introspective readers and women who, like me, are rapidly yet nervously heading towards that Certain Age.

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is an ebook copy of An Empty Nest which will be gifted to the winner via Smashwords.
Open Internationally until the 28th April.

(Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below. You will be asked for your email address which I will need in order to contact the winner. I will then need to tell Smashwords the winner's email address in order to send out their prize.)

An Empty Nest by Sandy Day ebook giveaway

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  1. When my daughter moved out it was weird for me so I think I would like this one.

    1. You would probably really identify with the narrator

  2. Congratulations to Emily N who has won the An Empty Nest giveaway!
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