Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Book Review: These Bodies by Morgan Christie


Title: These Bodies
Author: Morgan Christie
Genre: Fiction; LGBTQ+; Short Stories
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Publisher: Tolson Books

'These Bodies' is a manuscript that highlights the relationships and experiences of people of color, LGBTQIA, women, and other underrepresented and minority groups. There is a tendency in literary fiction to not fully delve into the complexities and dynamics of POCs and other minorities, our relationships, spaces and dynamics that shape our lives. This is a collection of short stories that does just that, investigates the depths, joys, and malice faced and understood by so many. Through passions and fears, they are our stories, our bodies, these bodies, and an exploration of the spaces and loves we uncover as we uncover ourselves. I believe the collection is especially telling in the current social and political climate, addressing themes and concerns we have been addressing, that are being exposed in a very topical way.

* A Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*


Hello Fellow Readers,

These Bodies are a debut collection of short stories written by Morgan Christine. They range from a number of themes and topics that you don't see very often when the stories are from the same author. The stories surprised me because there wasn't a single one I did not like, each story was different and well written with a wide array of characters and events. Christie's writing has a magical quality to it with a unique ability to get the readers unwavering attention. 
It's a bit hard to believe that this is Christie's debut collection as I firmly believe they are one of those must read writers from what I've seen in These Bodies. Each story in this collection bring forth emotions whether it be longing, sadness, happiness, or just empathy. Each character feels so intimately human that there was a slight perverseness in reading their written thought.
 I did not read this in one sitting because too many times I felt emotions well up in me that I only get when reading a favorite book. I had to stop to recenter my thoughts to prepare for the next story, since I wasn't ready to full move on from the previous one. There are some stories that did resonate more soundly then the others, but each one still left a little mark. 

Overall, a wonderful collection of stories from an author I hope to see more from



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