There is no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting down and having a chat with a long lost friend. “The Road Less Taken: A Collection of Unusual Short Stories Book 2” is just like that, a conversation with a friend.
“The Road Less Taken: A Collection of Unusual Short Stories (Book 2)”, by Theodore Jerome Cohen is an amazing collection of short stories that will capture the imagination and hearts of the reader. Just like my friends, each story is unique and has a personality all it’s own.
My favourite story happens to also be the first story in the collection, “The Luthier of Ozone Park”. It’s the tale a violinist and his wife who escaped the death camp at Treblinka. The story is a story of a love that lasted a lifetime no matter what life threw at it and demonstrates how music can heal even the most broken of hearts.
While my life experience is vastly different, Mr. Cohen wrote a story that touched that special spot in my heart. A spot that is reserved for those childhood memories that seem unimportant at the time but I hold dear as I grow older. I was transported back to the day we went to a little violin shop to pick my sisters violin. I remember listening with awe as the old man showcased his work for us, his love for music showed in every note, just like Mr. Bereza in the story.
Within the pages of “The Road Less Taken: A Collection of Unusual Short Stories (Book 2)” you will find a story about a young woman’s descent into the darkness of schizophrenia. This story will have a great impact on many readers, especially now that mental health issues being talked about more and more. There are also excerpts from some of Mr. Cohens previous works where you get to meet many of your favourite characters like Detective Martelli from “Wheel of Fortune” and Madame Zu-Zu from “The Hypnotist”.
Each story has an image at the beginning that helps set the tone for the story. Many of the stories have foot note that I highly recommend that you read. They add a little “something extra” to each story. They’ll give you glimpses into the author’s life and insight into the story. In “The Girl With The Red Shoes” you’ll learn in the footnotes that Mr. Cohen has a cluster of islands named after him! In the footnotes of “The Monster Awakens” shares a link to a video where you can watch the actual cable car ride that he describes in the story.
“The Road Less Taken: A Collection of Unusual Short Stories (Book 2)” is a collection of stories that fit our fast-paced lives. All to often I hear from my friends that they don’t have time to read anymore. These are stories you can read over your morning coffee or just before bed. Mr. Cohen writes stories that are deep and complex that will touch a spot in your soul. Each story is stunning and offers an escape from reality for just a little bit.
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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Road Less Taken: A Collection of Unusual Short Stories Book 2” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.