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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A mother who religiously sticks to her stringent personal morning routine. A jogger running away from herself. Three fresh graduates meet an untimely fate. A girl has an accident after taking a dare to impress her crush. These are some of the fascinating scenarios in short but intense stories that you will devour in Lannie Stabile’s flash fiction anthology Something Dead in Everything. The brief tales all share the same theme: the exploration of grief, death, and painful truths. Yet each tale has its own heartbeat, a pulsing vein that reflects discipline and cohesiveness. The stories have strong beginnings and sustain their narrative strength until the unexpected endings.
Lannie Stabile does not always provide explanations and readers will have to draw their own conclusions about what was left unsaid. This is the power of her collection. Although The Send Off is a fuller-length story, it is a fitting conclusion to the anthology. It is a tale about a girl who briefly imagines her dead mother to be alive, and perfectly encapsulates the theme of loss and the complexity of human relationships. It is a call to everyone to continue telling stories no matter how much pain there is in the truths that lie behind them. If you enjoy reading short stories that are compelling, Something Dead in Everything offers an irresistible invitation.