…and please note that Mary has a new blog… visit her at Mary Smith’s Place
Reblogged from Hugh’s Views and News:
After a month’s break, welcome back to my book of the month feature. To kick us off for 2018, I’d like to welcome Mary Smith to my blog. Over to you, Mary…
Thank you so much, Hugh. I’m truly honoured and excited to be here on your brilliant blog.
What’s the name of the book?
Donkey Boy & Other Stories, which, as the name implies is a collection of short stories.
Tell us a little about the stories and the characters.
I’d have said there wasn’t a connecting theme but author Margaret Elphinstone who provided a testimonial for the back of the book describes the characters as ‘disinherited by mainstream cultures’, and I’m happy to go with that.
There’s the donkey boy of the title story, a young lad in Pakistan, who is confronted by a moral dilemma and there’s a visually impaired man in a residential home in Scotland who battles with staff over his socks. An adopted girl raises questions of identity, and a Victorian mouth artist is desperate to leave the circus. Then, there’s Molly who, when she can see something in some people’s eyes, knows all the nasty dark things the person has done.
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