No, you may not believe that I – a writer, an author, a consummate reader – rarely (as in hardly ever) read the reviews of my books. How gauche. How extremely weird. Or, you may say, how cowardly.
But when I wrote Flashes of Life (my latest, now a little over a year old) it was nearest and dearest to my writing heart because it’s …. memoir. Fortunately for my readers, it’s flash memoir, which means you can sit outside on the front porch in your rocking chair, and within five sips of your iced tea (or Diet Coke, or lemonade, or beer if it’s almost sunset) you’ll have finished one of my stories in this flash(y) compilation of my life’s anecdotes.
So why am I confessing this? One of my writing students recently published her first novel, and she sent me one of the (excellent) Amazon reviews of her book. After checking it out, I thought, “Hmmm, I wonder how many reviews I have of Flashes of Life ?”
And whammo. I began to shed (delighted, grateful) tears. My readers liked it. They really liked it!
But don’t believe me. Read just two of the reviews here in which readers took the time and the effort to not only give my book five stars, but to write paragraphs of why it deserves five stars. And then, if you haven’t read Flashes of Life, go ahead and give it a try.
The paperback version is available either from my (wonderful, independent) publisher BORGO PUBLISHING or AMAZON, where the paperback and Kindle version are available. Just tap on the pink caps to get there.
Sorry (not sorry) for the shameless promotion, but what’s an author to do? I’m proud as punch.* I know some authors, when promoting, reduce their book’s price, but I think $15.95 for the paperback and $6.99 for the Kindle is already quite a good deal. Just read the reviews and see if you agree. Oh, and many readers have told me that my book is a delightful gift for friends and family.
This is the kind of book I find myself reading again and again because it’s full of wisdom, laughter, a few tears, and so, so many moments that make you say “I can totally relate to that.” It touches on every emotion, yet is light and deceptively simple to read. The messages imparted by the author are lessons (in the form of beautiful and delightful stories) learned from a life lived well and deeply.
There are stories here from the author as a girl, a young woman, a mom, and a grandmother, and they all touch my heart in some way. The story of the lost cell phone is priceless (read: hilarious). The stories of her dog are poignant and oh-so-relatable to anyone who has ever been owned by a pet. I especially love the stories about her summer vacations to the Jersey shore, since that’s where I live and walk those same beaches and sidewalks. More than one of the stories will have the reader humming a Beatles tune, whereas others will elicit pangs of claustrophobia at the thought of being trapped inside a San Francisco taxi or in the back row of an airplane. The author has a self-deprecating brand of humor that can take a calamity and spin it into a funny tale.
The stories about her grandchildren are ones those kids will treasure forever. They are lucky youngsters to have a Madre who is so expressive and loves them with such abandon.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an escape that is fun, filled with love, and takes a fresh look at the things we all experience as members of the human race.
Flashes of Life by Pamela S. Wight brings to life those little moments of joy, which we often miss, those emotions that remain unexpressed, those relationships that we cherish and wish we could hold on to them as they slip out of our hands, however hard we may close our fists.
Wight possesses the knack of converting an ordinary scenario into a humorous one, with her witty style of writing. I’ve never read a more marvelous account of the endeavor of a fourteen-year-old girl to straighten her hair to look like ‘Jane Asher!’
I know Pamela writes with élan, as I follow her blog but this memoir in the form of little stories and anecdotes from her life is amazing! She can look at the mirror and wonder, “where’s the cute twenty-year-old? Who the hell is this freaky lady?” I must have thought that a million times when I look at myself but only Pamela could express it so well in ‘Dancing Our Age.’ Her crisp style and ingenious choice of words adds a dash of delight that touches your heart immediately. Her stories flow like a gurgling stream, cascading at times and shimmering like the first rays of winter sun.
I thought ‘Straight Hair’ would be my favorite but then I read ‘How to Embarrass Your Kids’ (loaded with fun) and ‘A Renewal’ – dripping with subtle emotions and ‘Grilled Cheese,’ which is wonderfully narrative: “…kitchen as tiny as an elf’s, and it has already taken me four minutes, thirty-eight seconds to find a knife to cut the cheese.”
Wight is most creative but it hits the sky with ‘It’s All Golden!’ Just look at this: “my thirty-year-old son, once my hard child, as hard as sleet on soft grass. I was the grass.” I loved ‘Nap Time,’ I laughed out loud while reading ‘Burnt Toast’ and would never forget her winter coat that she wore when it was 70 degrees outside! You have to read to find why! I have no words to describe the superb beauty of ‘The Weight of the Soul’ and ‘Benji.’ Need I say this is a MUST READ book? I would like to give it double 5 stars and keep it at my bedside to read it again and again.
So, now that you’ve allowed me to boast a bit, what are YOU proud as punch about?