Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
People's diverse experiences in different situations make life such a beautiful journey. In Zennfinnity Was Here, Jeff Pearson narrates eleven stories that depict our diverse world and the varying struggles and emotions accompanying them, including loss, pain, frustration, joy, fondness, and more. The second story, Owl Feather, portrays the loss of a friend and an eleven-year-old's struggle with Christianity's requirements for making it into heaven. Spoon for a Knife is built around a mentally challenged character, Si-Si, and a sane character who is almost driven mad as he protects Si-Si from herself. The elaborate and engaging tales cover diverse scenarios, from an adventurous cycling trip "across the grand expanse of Canada" to a plan to escape a dystopian world, remembering good times with friends, and more.
Zennfinnity Was Here's excellence lies in its uniqueness. It reads like a diary dedicated to one main theme at a time. This smashing, thought-provoking collection of stories contains some highly introspective characters who capture you with their natural, friendly tones. I was gradually drawn in by its relatable conundrums and profound themes: mental health, society, minimalism, religion, ADD, boredom, and more. In The Meek Shall Inherit Charles Bronson, one of my favorite stories in the book, the protagonist reveals the wish to dwell on the good memories instead of constantly reverting to troubling ones. This struggle to control one's thoughts is one I believe everyone can relate to. Jeff Pearson's book is perfect for mature readers from all walks of life because of its realistic representations, splendid humor, and attention to detail regarding some common life challenges.