And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer

146 pages
Publisher: April Gloaming, Nashville, TN ( April 2013)

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


 Timmy Enosh is a peculiar, small man: fivethree, onehundredandfifteen pounds, and is a pharmacist in Ashton City, Tennessee.

He finds himself at fortythreeyearsold as his life starts to fall apart: his threehundred pound wife disappears, his romantic interest has lost interest and has gained hatred toward him, his coworkers harass him, customers verbally assault him, and he has the strange urge to adopt his foulmouthed, eighteenyearold coworker, Alex.

When things start to pile up, Timmy must find a way to deal: he turns to Alex to supply him with marijuana, starts sewing an elaborate Mr. Mistoffelees costume, finds solace in the wild, etc., etc., etc.

And the soft, constant wind of change blows him on, on, and on.

My Review:

The author describes this novella as "poetic fiction". And I could definitely see elements of poetry in the narrative. It was an original, fast read and I found the found the author's  writing style to be very striking. The twist ending also left me with my mouth hanging open going "Huh?" but it was a good "huh" not a "What the heck was he thinking? huh". So... it's getting:


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