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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Relationships can be complicated, but sometimes people make them complicated. When Betty rescues an abandoned puppy off the busy streets of London, she hopes her partner will understand, but he’s gone through some difficult relationships and the thought of a little puppy coming between them isn’t what he wants. What it really boils down to is respect. If one partner can’t respect the other, there is no point in trying to nurture the relationship. The puppy was just a means, or, as Betty puts it, a “spectacle,” to open her eyes to who and what her partner really is.
But there are other kinds of relationships, too: relationships between women and between men, not just between a man and a woman. Relationships define the people we are and it takes a clever storyteller to weave the magic of a good plot around multiple varieties of relationships. That’s what readers will find in Lawrence G. Taylor’s Short Stories, Novellas: A Closet Drama. Each story is well developed, using an effective descriptive narrative and believable dialogue. Tell Me Who My Enemy Is is a four-act play that begins with a list of characters and character highlights, a brief setting description, and then launches into the drama itself. The plot follows two men, a West Indian and an Afro-American, as they discuss their differing views on how black people really should live in Sweden – an interesting and diverse theme that many would view as timely. The author has a keen sense of plot and character development and tells a good story.