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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Mementos by Theodore Jerome Cohen is an exposition of creativity. Mr. Cohen has penned an anthology of short stories inspired by photography. Included in this collection are imaginative tales of family, friendship, baseball, adventure, and nostalgia. Some of these tales are slightly taller than the others, which will make you smile and marvel at such ingenuity, while others are filled with sobering realism and are a little creepy. Cohen couples his memories with touches of fiction, crafting entertaining and engaging short stories that stick with you much longer than it takes to read them.
Without a doubt, Theodore Jerome Cohen’s Mementos will be added to his long list of successful literary works. Cohen unleashes his artistic “mind’s eye” into each of the captivating and enriching short stories. He has the ability to attach astonishing prose to a photograph. Not only is Cohen a masterful storyteller, but he is the king of dialogue. The conversations of the characters draw you into the scene, making you more than a reader - you become an eavesdropper. Of all the forty-three chapters, Machines is my favorite. It brilliantly describes the essence of family: “I’ll always be there for you.” The beauty of flash fiction is that the reader is immediately thrust into the story. Within each of these collective stories, the setting and plot are instantly revealed, like a snapshot in time. Theodore Jerome Cohen’s Momentos innovatively demonstrates that our memories shape us and become a part of our evolving self; each reflective memento of the mind has its own story to tell.