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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Expect the unexpected while reading Wilful Misunderstandings, a collection of short stories by Richard Foreman. The House Where Jack Lived has an eerie aura that mesmerizes its occupants. In Jonathan and the Extraordinary Drawer, a child discovers magical things a drawer produces, but ignores the warning he is given. Esmerelda desperately wants her rigmarole to win first place in the contest and does not realize “beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder.” Sometimes the dead still have the last laugh in The Insufferable Tedium of the Afterlife. The Drink That Gives You a Pat on the Back will make you feel self-assured, but does it come with side effects? Coyote Ltd is the agency to which people pay enormous money to perform hoaxes on them when least expected. However, the wait for a hoax to commence can take a long time, as one man discovers.
Wilful Misunderstandings is an assorted collection of thirty-four short stories that are unique. I still didn’t know what to expect after reading the book’s blurb, but soon found out that these stories were wide-ranging in topics. Readers will find them a bit uncanny, unpredictable and entertaining. The oddball characters and their quirky concerns will attract your attention too. Richard Foreman demonstrates how deep thinking his imagination is, and how the simplest of ideas can make interesting prose. He writes fluently, wittily, and his stories tend to approach the dark side in a humorous way. Wilful Misunderstandings is a nice book with colourful, eye-catching cover artwork.