Lost Girls


Fiction - Literary
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/01/2020
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Author Biography

Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Lost Girls, a collection of short stories called "a varied set of tales from a skilled practitioner of the short form" by Kirkus Reviews, the forthcoming poetry book Abide, and Surrender. Her work has appeared in Shenandoah, Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, and Santa Fe Literary Review, among other journals. She is a winner of the Bevel Summers Prize for short fiction. Morris is a recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carolina Restrepo for Readers' Favorite

Lost Girls goes through a variety of stories from different women; they range from love to heartache, to grief, to making themselves heard and the importance of leaving the past behind. An unmarried young woman finds solace and comfort in a breast feeder’s support group, a girl creates a ritual when it comes to commemorating the life of a kidnapped girl from her town, time and old age haunt and follow a woman. More than a dozen stories fill this novel with eloquent experiences that shed light on the challenges and joys of being a girl, teenager, young adult, and woman in this world. Ellen Birkett Morris gives life to stories that are typically overlooked by everyday life. These women confront their challenges and find some peace.

Ellen Birkett Morris has reminded me of how fragile and yet how strong women can be, regardless of age, economic situation, sexual orientation, and everything else. I have smiled, frowned, cried, and sighed while reading such amazing stories. There are value and importance in every woman’s story, no matter how far they are from the commercialized conventional woman. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to every single man and woman out there. Lost Girls has made me love women even more than I did before. No woman’s life is easy; we all know that there are more than enough unpleasant experiences, but thankfully there are incredible and unforgettable experiences that allow us to forget about the evil out there. Thank you, Ellen, for giving us these stories.

Ellen Birkett Morris

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