Jubilee Violin by Jenny Worstall.
I've enjoyed this author's writing already (see previous reviews of Peacock and Dragon; Infant Barbarian and Make a Joyful Noise) and as I fancied a quick read decided to try Jubilee Violin: a collection of three short stories.
One of the reasons Jenny Worstall is an interesting writer is that her experience of teaching and her love of music shines through her work. This collection is no exception as the theme of the first story is a shared love of the violin between an older and a younger player and the second story features a teacher struggling to achieve a work / life balance.
The third story draws on different sources and has an unexpected, rather macabre, twist in the ending.
Jenny Worstall writes in a clear, direct style and gives enough detail to create images in the reader's mind without losing the concise precision that makes a good short story. She is skilful at hinting and leaving readers to work it out for themselves. In fact the endings to the first and second stories are ambiguous and cleverly open-ended. The characters and their situations are very real and their emotions and dilemmas are easy to empathise with.
I enjoyed reading this collection which I think you might describe as a 'coffee break' read and for that it was ideal. You can get details of Jubilee Violin and all Jenny Worstall's other books on her Amazon author page or visit her website.
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