Town of Shadows by Lindsay Stern
96 pages (PDF version) ~ 5/5 stars
“Enter the Town of Shadows, where noise is ‘the color of rain,’ and the self is a ‘hidden crowd.’ Indeed like shadows, the town's inhabitants are elusive—slipping in and out of mirrors, wandering down secret corridors of the mind, hiding in the spines of houses—and perpetually at risk of disappearing or being ‘deleted.’ Lindsay Stern's brilliant, urgent vignettes depict a people struggling to make sense of the limits of language and time. A dark and fascinating debut." — Hanna Andrews, American Poet
I get a fair number of books to review, although it’s tapered off recently, which is fine by me. I have plenty to read and plenty to write. That being said, when Lindsay contacted me and said that J.A. Tyler from Mud Luscious Press had recommended me to review her book, I jumped on it, and I’m so glad I did.
In the vein of Matt Bell’s Cataclysm Baby comes Town of Shadows, a series of short stories all tied together with a bow. The main characters are
Pierre and Selma – Selma
is a writer and Pierre
is doing a series of experiments. The other characters in the town of shadows
are just that…shadows. We never fully get to know anyone, but we are still
drawn into their stories. The mayor of the town likes to make up rules for the
town, like not using vowels. Every time there’s a new rule, there is someone
who goes around and fixes up the gravestones.
I am fast becoming a fan of dystopian, seemingly post-apocalyptic fiction. Perhaps that isn’t an accurate description of Town of
but it’s my gut instinct when trying to come up with something to describe this
book. The stories are lyrical, different but all fitting together neatly into a
puzzle of this nameless town. Shadows
My favorite story was What Will Happen in which
Pierre asks Selma what will happen if
he writes a novel:
“Suppose I try it,” said
“Writing a book.”
”Suppose you do.”
”Suppose you do.”
“What will happen?”
As a writer, I especially liked this because that’s exactly what happens when you write a book. Words appear and string themselves together into a coherent story for people to enjoy. It’s a process that is not easily understood, in my opinion. There’s not some magical thing that happens.
isn’t available for purchase yet at major retailers, but can be found on GoodReads. Shadows
Disclaimer: I received this book directly from the author. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.
About the Reviewer
Brianna Soloski is an avid reader and writer. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from
She also obtained her teaching credential from the college. Although she’s not
currently teaching, she enjoys spending time with her friends’ kids. In her
spare time, she loves to travel and would love to book a world cruise – imagine
the memoir that could come from an adventure like that! Girl Seeks Place
is her first full length novel and will be released October 26, 2012. She can
be found blogging at www.girlseeksplace.wordpress.com.
She can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brianna-Soloski-Writer, and @girlseeksplace on Twitter. Sierra