Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories
Book Review by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite -
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"Stories Varied: A Book of Short Stories is a wonderful collection written by BS Murthy. The stories focus on the avenues women must go through in order to succeed in a world that favors the male point of view, whether it is in regard to love, marriage, or simply a woman’s own sense of self and independence. Murthy utilizes both first person and third person points of view, extending the overwhelming emotions of the characters onto readers with varying degrees, depending on which perspective is used, and proving them to be successful in both.
One thing I really liked about Stories Varied was that the stories were incredibly diverse, taking readers back in time to a small rural village called Sauviragram or staying more modern day with a drink at Starbucks. Although the influx of characters and settings that change from story to story can be somewhat confusing, Murthy’s rich descriptions help readers make an easier transition from one story to the next. Some of my favorite stories include Cupid’s Clue, which is about a woman who is afraid her husband is having an affair and seeks revenge by beginning an affair of her own. Murthy’s dialogue shines especially in this story, relaying the conversation in a way that is both entertaining and realistic. In addition, Eleventh Hour is about a woman who has fallen for a man, only to discover that he has a wife she knew nothing about, and the chaos that follows, even some years down the road."