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Reviewed by Sharon Elizabeth Newman for Readers' Favorite
‘If she’d been one of his livestock he’d have fed her supplements, wormed her, maybe shot her…’ were Russell's thoughts about the topless dancer in ‘What Happened at Wanda’s Place.’ Whole Worlds Could Pass Away is a fantastic compilation of eleven short stories by author Rickey Gard Diamond that are guaranteed to keep you riveted. Although a work of fiction, the observations described in the stories are as real as real life gets. Diamond manages to accomplish a roller coaster ride through four generations of fictional characters from all walks of life, exposing their idiosyncrasies, foibles, warts and all. People that you can recall from your own past, people that you had long since buried in a dark recess of your mind may surface, if only momentarily, as Diamond unveils the relatable characters from a familiar time.
Whole Worlds Could Pass Away: Collected Stories, whilst taking the reader on a fictional journey, very clearly raises feminist issues, women’s struggles in a man’s world, antisocial behavior, snobbery, poverty and more. These taboo subjects are almost normalized, not sensationalized, but simply made ‘real-life’. Rickey Gard Diamond’s brilliant writing technique exposes society’s imbalances and, in particular, the struggles of women. The author may well challenge your beliefs. I would definitely recommend this book for all adult readers.