Review by Dee Lorraine
Life, death, and the stuff in-between: that’s Snapshots, Don Tassone’s fifth short story collection, published by Adelaide Books and available on Amazon. Exploring five themes: Hope, Fantasy, Nostalgia, Shadow, and Light, these 75 tales reveal their characters’ growth through ordinary and extraordinary events.
Tassone opens with the creative non-fiction drabble “Theo,” articulating happiness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In “Reconciled,” a widowed war veteran confronts his long-standing prejudices while waiting at an auto repair shop. “Final Dream” follows a young girl coping with her supernatural ability to foresee disasters as she sleeps.
Snapshots gives 100-word-story lovers plenty of thought-provoking scenarios. Longer tales include “The Essence of Friendship,” “Free,” and “Ransom,” a 2,612-word thriller. “The Nature of Grace” leaves readers with a happy outcome while regretting the 176-page adventure is over. But don’t worry: Tassone’s next book, Collected Stories, debuts mid-March 2022.
Dee Lorraine writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, some of which can be found in Agape Review, Friday Flash Fiction, and Midwest Book Review. Dee’s YouTube channel, “Superfast Stories”, features her videos of writers’ drabbles; “Provoke Unto Love” promotes a Christ-centered permanent solution to the USA’s homelessness crisis.