The Archivists: Stories by Daphne Kalotay is a collection of 12 short stories, taking place between 2008 and the COVID era. Ms. Kalotay is an award-winning published author and educator.
- 232 pages
- Publisher : TriQuarterly
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0810146088
I’m not a big fan of short story collections, but I’ve previously enjoyed works by Daphne Kalotay so I figured I’d give it a shot. The stories in The Archivists focus on relationships after some sort of a life-changing event has happened. These events could be something personal, like crumbling relationships, or a worldwide pandemic. Most, if not all, of the stories, show the characters attempting to pick up their lives after a loss.
These stories are well-written and are different from one another. They do not take place at the same time, or place, with nothing connecting them like other collections I have previously read. These stories, however, are certainly relatable.
Each story has its own depth and consistent narrative. Even though these are short, they are full of insight, not only into the characters’ experiences, but they are cognizant of the experiences of those around them.
I thought the stories which dealt with grief and loss were very interesting, but there’s one that captured my attention. This was about a Holocaust survivor and the passing on of trauma to future generations. Whether this is genetic, psychological, or both are currently being studied and I, for one, find the subject extremely interesting.
Since this is a collection of stories, giving the book a star rating is really not applicable. I did really enjoy reading it, much more than I tough I would.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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