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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Layers is a collection of eight short slice-of-life stories by Zuzanne Belec. These imaginative stories put a lighter touch on the darker aspects of life. The book opens with "The Christmas Charge," where three elderly sisters jump at the chance to spend Christmas on an African wildlife safari, leading to the chaotic adventure of a lifetime. "White Noise" follows a man trying to navigate being the father of a newborn son while struggling to let go of his old job, with disastrous results. "The Old Man And The Donkey" is the story of a father and son meeting up after years of estrangement, both lamenting past mistakes. "Mothers" is the heartbreaking tale of a mother trying to protect her young baby at all costs from poachers deep in the African jungles.
Zuzanne Belec paints a colorful portrait of life in all its myriad forms through this captivating collection that is bound to leave a mark on readers. Each story shows the ups and downs of life. Spanning multiple continents and involving characters from a wide range of backgrounds, Belec crafts a narrative that is rich in emotion, filled with humor, and drenched in intrigue. The characters are people you've probably met in real life, and it makes their stories all the more relatable to the reader. Belec's humor brings levity to tales that do not shy away from exploring the darker aspects of life. Layers is a riveting collection that I highly recommend.