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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Treat yourself to a riveting anthology of flash fiction and literary short stories with Worth: Short Fiction Collection by Sheila Mae Bitts. The book contains a diverse selection of stories covering a wide range of styles and genres, exploring the human condition in its various forms. A jewelry store salesman goes to great lengths to woo the love of his life, only to end up as the subject of her attention in the most unexpected of ways. A master gardener's psychosomatic eccentricities bring out an apprentice's inner fears and anxieties, who re-evaluates her love life. A flat earther's attempts to prove his theory to an investigative journalist are overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of the president, who reveals his true identity. A waiter struggles to keep a low profile and remain unnoticed under the scrutiny of the Nazi regime.
Sheila Mae Bitts uses a swirling mix of genres and styles to craft an enthralling anthology of short stories. Worth is a study of the human condition through the lens of magical realism, post-modernism, absurdism, and a plethora of other literary elements. There is a surreal quality to her tales and you can't help but immerse yourself in the pages. Bitts displays an extraordinary ability to create almost dreamlike scenarios and ambiance in a few pages. Most of the stories feel as if there is a lot more going on than what is presented on the surface, and it adds layers to the tales and enhances your reading experience. A fantastic collection for literary fiction aficionados.