A Stranger in a Strange Land

Poetry - General
150 Pages
Reviewed on 11/02/2015
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Author Biography

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine.
Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)
Her books “a stranger in a strange land” (2015), “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available, She is currently researching child murders for her next novel. You can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Ahh, poetry. The genre of work that with just a few words on a page can truly take the reader to another place, to another time, or simply take their breath away. When reading the new collection by poet Judy Croome, A Stranger in a Strange Land, the reader will certainly experience all of these emotions. Using a vast number of poems, over one hundred in fact, Ms. Croome has created a collection that is tied together with the common theme of being an outsider in an unfamiliar setting, on the outside looking in. Utilizing a huge array of subjects and subject matter, from cats to the Holocaust, A Stranger in a Strange Land is a wonderful example of what a book of poetry should be.

I very much enjoyed Judy Croome's work. Delicately balanced, utilizing haiku and some more traditionally formed styles of poetry, and providing readers with subject matter that will make them feel and think, A Stranger in a Strange Land is a collection that will keep readers turning the pages, waiting to see what awaits them next. Not every book of poetry provides that same experience. The work is haunting at times, heart searing and sometimes mind wrenching, but oh, so worth the read and study. I highly recommend this lovely collection, and certainly hope that author Judy Croome is hard at work on her next piece in this same vein. I, for one, will be anxiously waiting for its release.