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Natalie Sypolt ☆ 7 SummaryI m going to try my best but I m not sure that I can actually put into words how much I enjoyed this collection of short storiesEvery story caused me to stop and think about what I d just ead The characters are so eal that I felt connected to them and their pain joy heartache and eflections were my ownThese aren t exactly feel good stories but they aren t necessarily dark and twisty either although some could be described that way My favorites were definitely Flaming Jesus My Brothers and Me and The Sound of Holding Your Breath Every story is complicated
AND SUCKS YOU INTO THE SMALLsucks you into the small Appalachia families they
Every family is different but somehow the same With struggles hopes dreams and fearsThe characters are all so complex that even they seem to be struggling with who they are and who they e going to be I found myself asking at the end of than one story was that character good or bad Would I go that far in the same situationI ead Sherwood Anderson s Winesburg Ohio for the first time not too long ago To be honest and I ealize this is a very unpopular opinion I wasn t impressed I had a hard time connecting with the characters the stories were at times dull and lost my attention Basically it was as far away from what I d been told to expect as it could possibly getBut Natalie Sypolt s The Sound of Holding Your Breath was everything I wanted Winesburg Ohio to be While there isn t a central character in The Sound of Holding Your Breath and the stories all take place in different towns they could have easily all taken place in the same community Where Winesburg left me depressed TSOHYB left me with hope and a feeling that things could still get betterI eceived a copy of this book from WVU Press which in no way influenced my eview or opinions Full eview can be found at Combing Through the Pages The characters in this book felt so familiar to me that I couldn t stop feeling People who value nature community and one another A wonderful weave of characters confronting or ealizing the fear of themselves Five plus plus stars I can t believe that this is the author s first collection so masterful is this writing and cannot wait to ead from her Dark and aw If you want to ead something Appalachian start here But Sypolt s writing and her characters are universally engrossing I tried to ead slowly And Savor These Amazing savor these amazing but I couldn t stop eading sometimes flipping back to e ead a new favorite Natalie Sypolt s writing is poetic and haunting sincere and generous As the blurb on the cover from Wiley Cash says This is an important book by an important writer I couldn t agree My favorites are Flaming Jesus and The Sound of Holding Your Breath title story but I can t stop thinking about so many of the other stories Diving and My Brothers and Me won t get out of my head I feel lucky to have ead this collection ight. The esidents of The Sound of Holding Your Breath could be neighbors sharing the same familiar landscapes of twenty first century Appalachia lake and forest bridge and church cemetery and garden diner and hair salon They could be your neighbors average workaday each struggling with secrets and losses entrenched in navigating the compl. ,portray Every family is different but somehow the same With struggles hopes dreams
When I needed it most This collection of
short stories focuses on family disruption but especiallystories focuses on family disruption but especially and women who begin with passion and end with missed connections and sometimes violent disconnections The stories are set mostly in the northern Appalachian egion among people who often live in those much maligned mobile homes Sypolt however has no patience with and cuts no slack for eaders who don t identify with all people She opens the second
"story flaming jesus "Flaming Jesus a great title by laying out her landscape This is a place where no one cares if you live in a trailer No one even thinks twice about itMy mother always had wallpaper We d eplace it every springthe oadsides are thickly wooded branches nearly scraping my car on both sidesOnly the oadway is light goldenThe community where most of the stories take place is called Warm and Sypolt s character makes the distinction that while fire is hot ashes are warm and the narrator s first boyfriend calls Warm a trap and says if he doesn t get out now he never willWhile the experiences and growing and ealizations come mostly to the women in the stories the focus is often on men as in in Get Up June where the narrator s father a man of addictions first drinks too much then for a while makes money trying out drugs for a drug company His final addiction is perhaps predictably but profoundly appropriate is eligion The narrator s mother at the end says I hope you will not forget the good parts of your daddytake those good parts of him and the good parts of me and try to push out the bad parts That is perhaps emblematic him and the good parts of me and try to push out the bad parts That is perhaps emblematic what all the stories are about A lot of bad stuff but Sypolt pushes through to the good as best she can without undermining the truthOne of my favorite stories is Home Visit which takes on a clash between the Establishment as it were a teacher doing her visits to all the families of her students and the student s father The family lives in a trailer of course and the teacher tries to hide even from herself her contempt for people who live in the trailers She knows trailers too what it would be like inside long ooms that always looked a little cramped a little too full of stuffSinks leak into the towel cabinets underneathCeilings grow ound brown circles Of course the trailer she is describing is the one she grew up in and she finishes her home visit by falling apart in a horribly embarrassing waySeveral of the late stories are about damage to men In Wanting a Baby a woman pregnant with her dead husband s child visits his family and feels conflicting emotions about them and her place in a traditional family Other stories are about men damaged by war mentally and physically One has lost his arm in the Middle East and seems to have lost his center as well One part of another extended ooted family goes looking for a white deer to kill and in the process fills the yard with dead an. Ex euirements of family in all its formsYet tragedy and violence challenge these unassuming lives A teenage boy is drawn to his sister’s husband an EMT searching the lake for a body A brother a family and a community fail to confront the implications of a missing girl A pregnant widow spends Thanksgiving with her deceased husband?. unspeakable crime of a brother something all too common here and likely everywhere else The title crime of a brother something all too here and likely everywhere else The title something all too common here and likely everywhere else The title piece how childhood trauma can hang around and haunt the victim causing things later in life that are just as harmful That depiction of the human nature is what makes these stories so great Highly ecommended eading Sypolt s debut short story collection is an excellent primer for how to build striking portraits of Appalachian life through fiction These characters all of which circulate in small town West Virginia are haunted and driven by the past and necessary hope for the future I found each story compelling especially when lives and conflicts carried across stories and characters For those teaching Appalachian or Southern Litera The cover claims it s an important book by an important writer I agree I don t think I ve ever cared about people in an average of 10 pages or less than I did in this collection Wonderful book I love this collection of short stories The writing sucked me in from the beginning All of the stories were so uniue in their own way. ?s family Siblings grapple with the death of their sister in law at the hands of their brother And in the title story the shame of ape uptures than a decade laterAccidents and deaths cons and cover ups abuse and eturning veterans Natalie Sypolt’s characters wrestle with who they are during the most trying situations of their live. .