This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite
Assumptions and Other Stories is the latest offering from award-winning novelist James Mulhern. Five of the seven short stories revolve around Molly Bonamici and her travails through her formative years and into adulthood. Two additional stories book-end Molly’s adventures, yet all contain that sly, quirky style of Mr. Mulhern’s that slides from the humorous to the macabre at the turn of a page. Mr. Mulhern’s writing displays all of the storytelling prowess of the contemporary Irish masters, yet manages to blend it in exquisitely with the use of modern day American settings.
For me, the stand-out story was Drenched to the Bone. The story of a young teacher struggling to come to terms with divorce, his failings, and a classroom full of hellions to whom he is valiantly trying to impart some useful knowledge, the results of which vary from hilarious, to life-threatening, to soul-searching within the space of 14 pages. It will have every school teacher in America saying, “Yep, that about sums it up.”
The adventures of Molly, from Boston to South Florida, also follow a common thread; the questioning of what is right and wrong, and the role religion plays in the lives of the characters. Along the way, Molly finds a unique way to get even with a roommate, has an interesting encounter with a psychic, and comes to understand the meaning of love from an elderly family friend that she once tormented. It is not often that I am thoroughly enthralled with a book, but Assumptions and Other Stories was a compelling read. My only complaint was that it was only 120 pages; I was yearning for more.