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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
David Joseph's I Didn't Know What To Say, So I Just Said Thanks is a collection of enthralling slice-of-life stories following people from varied backgrounds and at different stages of their lives. With the shocking loss of his father, a teenager learns the significance of fishing. A young man reminisces about his high school friend who set him on the path of becoming the man he is today. A property developer's underling tries to intimidate the bartender of a local establishment, seeking to force his boss to sell his land. A former war vet tries to assimilate into a peaceful civilian life as a truck driver, only to witness death all over again. Two friends see a waitress going out of her way to listen to the stories of an older man and his cowboy friend in a restaurant.
Through these riveting tales, David Joseph explores the depths of human emotions in myriad ways by putting his protagonists in situations where their most human characteristics shine. If you enjoy stories featuring believable characters with dramatic endings, I Didn't Know What To Say, So I Just Said Thanks is a collection you should not miss out on. Joseph's characters exhibit distinct personality traits with their unique strengths and flaws, making them relatable to us. The narrative touches upon the complex nature of relationships, aspirations, regrets, desires, and several other aspects of the human condition. A perfect short story collection you're bound to love.