SJay's Reviews: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris
Let's start with: Chocolat is one of my favorite movies, and the book is on my TBR list. I haven't read a book for Joanne Harris before, however, and I think this was a good start.
The book is an assortment of short stories, each with a completely different setting,` some related to the others, but most stand alone. In her Forward of the book, Harris states that the stories are all linked through an underlying subtle theme that invested readers would notice. I think it's safe to say that, halfway through the book, I noticed the theme. And it was disturbing.
While most stories look "normal" from the outside, all of the stories in the book are sort of... sick. Seriously, mentally sick. All of the characters have gone through some sort of tough period - though some are not so tough, but still - and have shown quite the mental health sicknesses following these periods.
Most of all, I loved Harris' tendency for open-ended stories that would require the reader's imagination to finish them. Like "What did that character see at the end of that chapter?" "Was that supposed to be something supernatural or is it just in his mind?" "What happened next?!"
I won't divulge any more info, as the slightest detail would give off any of the 10 to 30-page stories. Simply, pick up this book if you're in for some light reads that give your mind an exercise.