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Plastic Jesus and Other Stories

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Beautifully written stories, capturing the essence of myriad people and their worlds, each ending with a twist, oft with a message.

We are all made up of stories. A keen observer of life Judith Ets-Hokin picks up some interesting ones and brings them to us in a collection with an intriguing name—Plastic Jesus and Other Stories. A medley of 13 stories with an array of themes, Plastic Jesus is a good weekend read.


The stories are of varied length, The Hunt, being the longest, and encompass myriad emotions and terrains. The writing is fluid and deep with intricately depicted scenes, intense characters, and ebb and flow of emotions showcasing linguistic penchant.


The author breathes life into inanimate objects and nature but mostly exhibits insights into human emotions. Love, loneliness, grief, loss, fate, ambition, smugness, doubt, independence, self-sabotage, virtue, vice, urbanization—the shifting sands of the stories keep you engaged, as you turn the pages of this slim book. 


A story may be open-ended or conclusive but resist the temptation to quickly move to the end; capture the essence of the tapestry of words. I enjoyed a guessing game while navigating the pages, as each character and their space is sensitively worked upon. The first story is my favorite with its element of suspense. In a couple of stories, I felt the ending was predictable and similar. 


The joy of the ride is in the beautiful writing; in the delicate balance of saying more in fewer words. Humans are oft in conflict with themselves or with others as they fight for the rights of people and animals. Stories that leave you wondering, fill you with suspense, or grief, or make you wonder—all tightly packed with crisp and meticulous writing. 


The storyteller in Judith Ets-Hokin invokes thoughts and weaves in magic, figuratively and literally. She moves around in different walks of life, manifold worlds, myriad people, thus creating stories rich and fulfilling. Special applause for the artistic book cover. Grab your copy for stories—long and short—and enjoy a perfect reading weekend.

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I am a technical writer and editor by profession and a creative writer in my free time. I like to read and explore the world of words. I express my perspective on books, art, and life on my blog: https://www.bluepenstrokes.com

PREFACE

About the author

Born in California, my first career was that of housewife and mother. Second career was entrepreneurial, as I opened cooking schools and stores, and wrote many cookbooks, including “The San Francisco Dinner Party Cookbook”. Plastic Jesus and Other Stories is my first published book of fiction. view profile

Published on October 01, 2020

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Short Story

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