Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Apple Of My Eye

Apple of My Eye is a short story collection by Amy Grech, an up-and-coming writer from New York. She packs quite a lot into a fairly short (121 pages) book, with stories that show an emphasis on sexual and body horror. There are 13 stories here, meaning that few clock in at 10 pages or more, and they function as the literary equivalent of sharp jabs. Her prose is provocative, in a deeply disturbing way.

Ms. Grech exhibits a wealth of fascinating ideas, and I would have like to have seen some of the ideas developed into longer pieces, as there would have been more of an opportunity to develop more in the way of characterization. Some of the dialogue reads as a bit stilted as well. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. You may read more about Ms. Grech and her work here.

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