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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Hiding in Theaters and Other Stories by Frederick Harrison is a collection of short stories. Each story is a perception of the world as the author sees it and what is dominating at the time, be it a person or an event. The stories are all set some time in the 21st century, in the second decade; some of them cover serious matters, others not so serious. We read of #TheJesusApp as three geeks try to channel their inner Mark Zuckerberg to reap fame and fortune; The Universal TokaWoka tells of a way to deliver fast food through the internet, while others tell of more serious things, like The War at Seven, a story of how a young boy coped with the Pearl Harbor attack and how it affected his life. The title story is a short novella about two people who are hiding from their lives in a movie theater and their chance meeting causes profound changes in their lives. Read these and more in this stunning collection of stories.
Hiding in Theaters and Other Stories by Frederick Harrison is one of the best collections of short stories that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Having never read any of his books before, I was not sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the stories are clearly outrageous, others far more serious and reflective. Every story had its own unique plot and unique characters, all developed very well in the short space allotted to them, and there were some very surprising endings too – some you really wouldn’t expect. This is an eloquent book; the stories are well-crafted by a man who clearly knows the power of words and how to use them to gain the attention of his readers. I read a couple of stories every night and thoroughly enjoyed them. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a brief respite from the real world.