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Story Time returns with the letter ‘J’

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The Story Time hiatus is ending and the first one of the year will be reading about all things starting with the letter “J” this Saturday at 2 p.m. and will resume their regular schedule. Story Times are free, no registration required and we provide crafts afterward for those that attend the stories.

For more information you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian

At the end of the year, the best of the year lists start to come out such as the best TV episodes, best movies, best albums, best moments, and so on. When it comes to books released in 2017, there is one that keeps appearing on “best of” lists from publications such as NPR, Vogue, Kirkus, the Huffington Post and many others. That book is a collection of short stories from Samantha Hunt titled, “The Dark Dark”.

“The Dark Dark” is a collection of nine short stories, with one of the stories starting the book and having its conclusion be the end of the book. As with most short story collections, the stories do not coincide with each other, but sometimes do have a theme and some of these include women, their relationships with partners and families and pregnancy.

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One of the stories has a very complex storyline that is told in about 24 pages revolving around the narratives of three people with the backdrop of a local scandal. The characters are a high school secretary, two Coast Guard workers, and a group of 13 high school girls who all get pregnant at the same time causing the controversy. The task of telling such a detailed story in such a short amount of pages is quite the chore but is met without problem by Hunt as she gives a great perspective of the characters and the issues and crises that they all face during their brief interactions.

In addition to this story, there are other stories that are part fantasy and also deal with the reality in people’s lives. One story tells of how a woman turns into a deer at night and how she struggles with how to break it to her husband what happens when he goes to bed. She goes on adventures at night that put her marriage at risk and ponders how she will lead a normal life as a deer.

Another features a man in his 40s who is down on his luck and has to move back in with his parents. Going for a drive one night, he hits a dog that was running across the road. His conscience won’t let him leave the dog on the side of the road, so he goes to find the owner and that leads him into a very odd situation once he finds the proper home of the dog.

As with most of the stories in the book, there is not a definitive ending, but it is left to the reader to decide how things play out. Many social issues, interactions, and situations are explored in the book that provide a different viewpoint on how some might perceive or handle those instances. Short stories are a good alternative for those that might not have the time or desire to read a novel and for this book, in particular, it provides a bit of mystery, fantasy, and darkness throughout each story. This must-read book can be found in the Adult Fiction collection of the library.

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Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.

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