2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award WINNER, Short Fiction.2011 Readers Favorite Award WINNER, Women s FictionTo Begin Again is a collection of short stories and narrative essays Each piece herein focuses on those small decisions that can, often unexpectedly, lead to monumental transitions in a person s life Knox examines the beauty of unexpected and unconventional roma2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award WINNER, Short Fiction.2011 Readers Favorite Award WINNER, Women s FictionTo Begin Again is a collection of short stories and narrative essays Each piece herein focuses on those small decisions that can, often unexpectedly, lead to monumental transitions in a person s life Knox examines the beauty of unexpected and unconventional romance, the connections that keep us near our family despite distance, and the delicate shift between anger and acceptance This collection is eclectic, but within each story there is a balance of grittiness and inspiration that will stay with a reader long after the last page.
To Begin Again Next Generation Indie Book Award WINNER Short Fiction Readers Favorite Award WINNER Women s FictionTo Begin Again is a collection of short stories and narrative essays Each piece herein fo
Jen Knox has written a short story collection that unveils the souls of its characters through simple vignettes and everyday experiences She finds a kind of painful poetry in the mundane choices we make, or the paths we find ourselves stumbling down as the result of decisions we didn t even realize we were making Even when her characters speak rationally, they seem driven by emotions of which they aren t fully aware There is an admirable lightness of touch on display here, no showboating, no mor [...]
In this book, I attempt to capture those pivotal moments that we powerful word, we, I know can all look back on in our lives those moments that prove that sometimes the small decisions lead to the most monumental transitions Stories and narrative essays from this collection have been published in Annalemma, Bananafish, Flashquake, Superstition Review, and elsewhere Some of the stories In Soft like Snow , a young girl thinks about running away from an abusive home, but as she reflects upon her cu [...]
Knox s To Begin Again sizzles and crackles with the stuff of life I ve been guilty of gravitating to mostly popular novels A great number of them are watered down versions of writing, cotton candy visions wrapped in saccharine adjectives and banal adverbs This collection of short stories and essays made my fingers tingle and my feet fidget I always have a physical reaction to excellent prose it is something to which I have never been able to become desensitized But Knox s stories were different [...]
A reflective, compelling, and evocative collection of short stories.The first story in the collection really drew me in It s a story that makes you question human nature and really makes you think After reading that I was sure I was in for a very interesting journey reading this anthology All of the stories have a fly on the wall feel to them, as if you are watching events unfold that you would not usually be made privy to I use the word watch as it really felt to me as I read Jen Knox s prose, [...]
This is a collection of short stories focusing on the kinds of events in our lives that lead us to make important decisions decisions to begin again I have been a fan of short stories since I was in seventh or eighth grade, and introduced to O Henry and Edgar Allen Poe I still enjoy the form In Soft Like Snow we witness a heart breaking scene between a mother and daughter whose dreams have been destroyed by injury and alcohol A teenaged girl being raised by a widowed father is stretching her bou [...]
Before Jen Knox becomes a cult figure, I want to get up to the plate and take a few choice swings I want to go to an outdoor beer fest, a barbecue on Fourth of July at places where men still pat their little girl s behind and mom s dream of reality T.V female truckers I want to follow a desperate young lady who is going far away with the cash receipts rather than face the promise of being in the grip of her would be boss s lecherous arms there are mother and daughter reunions with tight fists an [...]
To Begin Again, by Jen Knox, is an exercise in virtuosity, with Knox demonstrating mastery of every literary instrument This collection, comprised of both essays and short stories of varying lengths, exhibits equal comfort in both genres, as well as incredible skill with the many elements of craft Knox s handling of plot and characterization is both natural and compelling, as page after page brings new insight and fresh surprise Just like the people we know in our own lives, these characters ref [...]
Jen Knox is a writer of lyrical beauty and great sensitivity This book of short fiction kept me fascinated and haunted The theme of restarting ones life resonates in the soul I highly recommend and hope that she will provide us great reading in the future.
This is one of the most exciting collections I ve read in years I was unable to put it down And I keep it with me now for inspiration when I write Jen Knox gives us real situations that we are pulled into with such compassion for the characters and insight into the internal world as well as a twist of the external throwing us new light on every story we read I highly recommend you picking up a copy of this outstanding collection, To Begin Again I immediately bought her memoir Musical Chairs, aft [...]
At the Window A woman gets punched in the face by a random stranger Like Smoke A clerk at an airport store Soft Like Snow A mother and daughter Angelique Two men and a female bartender Rationing Sweets A father and daughter, and her boyfriend Absurd Hunger A father and son The Millers A mother and daughter, and the neighbors The Probability of Him Sisters and the new boy Cheers A couple relocates to Texas Negligence A kids beauty pageant Levity A woman dealing with memory loss Always a Story A w [...]
3.5 stars It s always difficult to write a review of a book of short stories since it s not one solid story, but multiple short stories that somehow connect together and it s up to the reader to make those connections Knox s stories look into the human psyche, showing us our own humanity and depravity as her stories unfold I particularly enjoyed At the Window as it looks at the phenomena surrounding witness apathy during violence A woman is struck in the street by a madman, but those who witness [...]
Surely you can look back on a pivotal moment in your life and say, Thank God I decided to Author Jen Knox brings us To Begin Again, a collection of short stories that invite us to fill in that blank.Knox s voice is distinct and honest Her stories are hard hitting and biting, her prose crisp and direct Knox s stories explore pivotal moments in people s lives and elicit strong feelings in the reader Some are framed around the harsher side of life, but each is told with candor One female character [...]
I love Jen Knox s writing her books draw us into the lives and stories of those we might consider ordinary These tales of duplicity, drug dependence, and marital issues are skillfully told Ms Knox has a rare ability to draw the reader into the lives of others without dampening down the message.These short stories and essays pull one into the emotional imbalances of all ages Each story will leave you wishing you could meet the character and know them better Whether she is writing of the sweetness [...]
I knew that All Things That Matter Press Author Jen Knox was a talented writer from the awards and kudos she had received from her peers but I had never read any of her writing Jen s collection of short stories in To Begin Again turned me into a fan Jen s stories are filled with characters that have been bruised and battered by life, some fighting their way through, some surrendering The stories give a view of lives diverse from what I would consider the norm but fear may be common than believe [...]
This collection of short stories actually gets better as the book goes on To Begin Again touches on the lives of many people in many places of all ages I ve never read a short story compilation with such short stories Some stories are barely a page I found this to be both novel and annoying I was impressed that an entire story could be developed in so small a space But I was bothered to come to the end of a stories that had only begun Also I know one shouldn t judge a book by it s cover Perhaps [...]
Received this book through givaway I enjoyed all the essays and stories They seem to share a common theme about humanity and seeing others for who they are rather than how they seem on the outside If I had to choose, my favorite selection is, The Probability of Him.
I guess I found out I m not a fan of short stories Just when something might be getting interesting it would end.
Won in a giveaway new writer for me