Bring your colorful nail polish and your open mind to a delightful collection of human stories… oh, and bring a big box of tissues too, because you’re going to need them.
TITLE: Leaps of Faith
AUTHOR: A.M. Leibowitz
PUBLICATION TYPE: Self-published
LENGTH: 463 pages
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction/ Short Story Collection
RELEASE DATE: 7/12/2017
COVER EVALUATION: Nice and simple but speaks volumes about what lies within
AUTHOR BIO: (FROM AMAZON) A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.
BLURB: (FROM AMAZON) From Christmas to Easter and from childhood through the end of life, here are ten interconnected stories revolving around one couple and the people who love them. These are tales of friendship, family, sensuality, and all the intimate moments that make them who they are, together and apart. The stories, while standalone, also fill in the gaps before and around the events in the novels in the Passing on Faith series. Included: a youth embraces his identity; two women build a life together; a former rebellious teen finds her way; a pair of lovers explore each other’s minds and bodies; a man copes with loss and grief.
NO SPOILER REVIEW: I pride myself in being a reader who doesn’t cry over a story or its characters, no matter how tragic or inspirational the story might be, (perhaps I’m a bit cold in that regard) but this collection of short stories, Leaps of Faith, made me cry. Seriously, I bawled…tear-streaked face, sobbing, dirty tissue in hand, bawling, often alongside the characters. I feel I lived with them through triumphs, tragedies, new relationships, illness, the comforts of familiar, long-term lovers, the fear of the unknown, a bit of insanity, joy, and, more than anything, life itself. That strong sense of personal connection to the characters, at least for me, is one of the best parts of the collection.
Bonus: the fact that this collection was based on characters in a series I’ve not read didn’t present a problem, and that honestly shocked me as a reader. But now, I can’t wait to read the rest of the Passing on Faith series.
Speaking on faith. Yes, Faith, indeed, Christianity, is one of the overarching themes for this collection (along with LGBT acceptance and family) but it was neither shoved down my throat nor shown to be the only faith-path available, both of which I greatly appreciated.
One note on content: There is some mild erotic content in this collection, but I, as someone who doesn’t like erotica, wasn’t one bit put off. The scenes were brief, non-gratuitous, and delicately written. I had no problem with them whatsoever.
My review rating: Well, I don’t really do those anymore, but I can say with confidence that Leaps of Faith is well worth the modest price, but make certain you have those tissues available.
You’re going to need them.