Create by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Create: An allegory for the misfit artists by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Well, no, I’ve not really written much of a book review, here.

This is one of those super-short stories about which I’d rather say very little, to keep the story’s few words as fresh as possible for other readers.

But this is indeed an allegory for misfit artists: a quick, almost ethereal read that was just the kind of lift this misfit creative needed when she found it. A dose of “keep going” to keep me going.

It’s worth the few minutes it takes to breathe it in.

 

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Nazi army has swarmed into France. Twelve-year-old Marie isn’t aware at first of her pianist father’s real role in the war, but now she must help him sneak intelligence past their country’s invaders in The Art Contest by author Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick.

I appreciate stories that illustrate how sharp-witted and courageous humanity can be in dangerous times, and I really enjoyed this. It’s a quick (but not rushed) read that conveys the gravity of a wartime situation but isn’t super dark. And the perspective that goes into Marie’s decision is nicely realized.

This is one of those stories I’d say is good for readers of any age. I know people sometimes think of short reads as “too little,” but I’d say this is a great example of how I think of well-written short stories: just enough.