Catch Her in the Rye by Wodke Hawkinson
Clever, Silly, Creepy, Awesome, Intriguing, Random, Suspenseful, Fun, Disturbing, and sometimes completely crazy are only some of the words that could explain Catch Her in the Rye.
Catch Her in the Rye contains the tragic love story by that name plus thirty other short stories in a wide variety of themes, from the surrealistic “I Wish” to the heartwarming “Homeless Thanksgiving”.
These short tales offer a cross-genre experience, with literary tidbits that include science fiction, horror, contemporary fiction, and those hard-to-classify yarns that fit neatly into no category.
In addition to the eerie “Ain’t No Lights”, the collection features a cast of engaging characters from a lovable stray dog in “Belle” to a mute Appalachian girl with a unique musical talent in “Callie’s Fiddle”, and even an online villain in “Bingo Killer.”
Review by C D Simmons:
Each story leaves you wanting more. Keeping you involved and captivated until the very end. Wonderfully written, each and every one. The mix of emotions you will experience with each one as it transports you through their world is amazing.
I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends. Thank you to the writers for keeping us entertained.
Review by Karen A Einsel:
I occasionally like to read short stories instead of a full length novel and have had “Catch Her in the Rye” in my kindle for a while now. I will pick up a collection of short stories so I can get a quick reading fix during a break time, but found that once I started reading it was hard to put down.
Telling myself, “I’ll read just one more then I’ve got to get back to work.” Each story was well written and unique and touched on a variety of emotions from laughter to tears.
Review by Keisha Perry:
Clever, Silly, Creepy, Awesome, Intriguing, Random, Suspenseful, Fun, Disturbing, and sometimes completely crazy are only some of the words that could explain Catch Her in the Rye. I am convinced that the team going by the name of Wodke Hawkinson is not only two people but more along the lines of twelve. Some of whom are deliciously disturbed, but all of whom I must thank endlessly. If you think that a book has a target audience this collection of short stories will surprise you. There is something there for everyone.
“Glyn-ese Rosedew and the Inn” is a great read that could easily be expanded to fill an entire novel, while some of the shorter pieces like “Bent Tines” make the most out of the shock factor in their brevity. If you are looking for something to make you think, read “Adverbosity” but readers beware of this one if you don’t like Adverbs.
Reading the bulk of the book in one evening after a stressful day at the office, I could not put it down for the soothing effect it gave my frazzled nerves. It is by far the best literary antidote I’ve found to stress. I found myself laughing, nearly crying, shaking my head in bewilderment, and pausing over the clever turns of phrase that consistently appear in a wide variety of stories with completely different styles and themes.
Having never been a large reader of short stories, this book has opened my eyes to the skill required to write and the joy received in reading such a wonderful collection. Some of the stories are purely fun, while others will make you think. A few of the stories seemed like filler, which was disappointing. Still, since I loved most of them I read all of them, even the less entertaining. The content was well arranged and well edited, a fine example of an eBook publication.
I happily recommend Catch Her in the Rye for anyone, anywhere who could use a moment’s entertainment, and a good story or two.