The Covenant and Other Stories


Fiction - Literary
252 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Covenant and Other Stories is a collection of literary tales by author J.W. Clark. Throughout these eight stories, Clark discusses what happens when human beings are pushed to their emotional limits as characters search desperately for some semblance of meaning in their lives. There’s an argument about whether the situations they find themselves in are of their own making because of the decisions they make, or choose not to make, and there are also many other familiar questions about the price of sacrifice and how the human mind carries on despite facing some of the most terrifyingly dark emotions it can ever come across.

The heavy literary style of writing that J.W. Clark employs will definitely make these stories an acquired taste, but for those who love to pause over deeply considered prose and philosophical moments before returning to the action, The Covenant and Other Stories will prove to be a very rewarding read. I enjoyed Daydreamers the best, perhaps because the action moved most quickly there and it had some genuinely frightening moments. What I can say for every single story in this collection is that they certainly keep you thinking things over long after you’ve put the book down. Clark delivers what he promises in a carefully considered collection of character profiles which run the gamut of human emotions, bringing to life dilemmas and situations which are familiar to all in terms of emotion if not always experience. Overall, The Covenant and Other Stories is certain to be an excellent read for literary fans looking for something new.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

An unhappy marriage ended. A first love thwarted. A man struggling through his days. The miracle of new life. The miracle of a repaired relationship. Each is important in its own way. Each is part of the way that the world works and evolves. But what happens as a couple attempts to figure out what to do next? Or as a young man learns the value of love? Or a man long tired with his daily grind struggles to make it through? The path is long and complex, but The Covenant and Other Short Stories is full of the complex, and the stories that make you think. It’s unique and definitely interesting enough to keep you guessing along the way.

With this book you will find intriguing stories. It starts with the sad and the struggles, but no story can be all about the depressing times and this book isn’t either. Rather, there is love and repair to relationships as well. This is definitely a book you want to keep reading and each story draws you into the characters, wanting to know more about them. There are messages to each story and, more than that, there are plenty of amazing experiences in each of them. If you like stories that have a bit of a moral but in a way that really makes you think, then this is a book for you. The Covenant and Other Short Stories by J.W. Clark is a great trip down the path of life.