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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
When I started reading Copenhagen, the first story in Told From the Hips, a collection of short stories by Andrea Amosson, I was immediately drawn into the emotional turmoil of its character. A bicycle ride through the old city to visit a Chilean flea market provided a glimpse of a homeland far away, and I could relate to how it felt being in a foreign country. This was not a straightforward tale, requiring me to review my own emotions and experiences. I knew right then that Andrea Amosson has offered something unusual. With Cover Story, a rising investigative reporter publishes a hit story, only to be fired because the lead picture is showing the managing editor’s lover. I could sympathize, having to battle office politics myself. The other stories in the collection require a lot more thinking from the reader, and not all are satisfying, some lacking conclusion and closure. However, all of them stir the reader’s preconceptions, often in a surprising way, which I guess was the intention.
Told From the Hips challenges, puzzles, and bemuses the reader, told by Andrea Amosson in a flowing style that cannot be resisted. It is a quirky assembly of windows through which the reader gets glimpses into the often harsh lives of characters trapped by circumstances beyond their control. It takes work to understand some of the stories, and others will leave you shaking your head. Andrea Amosson’s writing takes the reader into situations where one does not necessarily want to go, the journey leaving you in thoughtful introspection. Told From the Hips is worth persisting with.