Many thanks to Kathy Sharp my mentor and the person who was responsible for giving me the confidence to not only begin writing, but to continue writing, back in 2015. This is a fabulous review. Thank you so so much!!
Jim Bates is a writer with a great skill for using the details of everyday life to demonstrate deep truths. His stories cover inter-generational relationships, marriage, parenthood, minor and major tragedies – all seen through the prism of familiar everyday things. It’s an effective and moving approach. I’ve rarely seen a better short story than, for instance, The Inn on the Lake. Highly recommended.