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A Slice of Life | Smita Das Jain | Book Review

  • Author: Smita Das Jain
  • Genre: Short stories
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 84 pages

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Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it’s a lot smokier and less defined.

Paolo Bacigalupi

A Slice of Life by Smita Das Jain is a collection of short stories peppered with raw emotions and simplicity integral to each one of them. Stories that are woven meticulously for them to intrigue their readers in as many ways as possible. Could be through lovely characters or their heartwarming life stories.

You know all of our lives are so much more than just ordinary. We might find our everyday routine mundane, we might see our living as plain and dull. But look beneath the surface, you might find a treasure trove of feelings and experiences. For others, our stories could be so much exciting.

I absolutely loved the stories in this collection. A few more than the rest. How the stories contained love, sacrifice, pain, longing. How these stories ended making me crave for more. How they brought a smile to my face with their innocence. How the author worked upon bringing out minute details finely.

Writing being lucid and accessible, A Slice of Life allows its readers to have a sneak peek into this entity we call life. Be it a smooth narrative or engaging storytelling, this collection at 84 pages is worth a shot. Do give it a read.

My rating: 4/ 5

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