top of page
  • N. N. Light

5+ stars for Peripheral Visions and Other Stories by @NChristie_OH #literaryfiction #bookreview

Title: Peripheral Visions and Other Stories

Author: Nancy Christie

Genre: Literary Short Stories

Book Blurb:

“Nancy Christie’s stories open up worlds that exist just off to the side of the ordinary one we all inhabit, reinvigorating the reader’s senses by revealing what we often don’t see in the peripheries of our vision.” Christopher Barzak, author of Wonders of the Invisible World

Second-place winner in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition

What do you do when the hand that life deals you isn't the one you wanted?

In Peripheral Visions and Other Stories, the characters choose to play the best game they can with the cards they've received. For some, it's making the most of the circumstances in which they find themselves, even if it's not the life they planned. For others, it's following an unconventional path--not the easiest course or the one that others would take, but the one that's right for them. But they never lose hope that life will get better if they can just hold on.

Peripheral Visions and Other Stories won second place in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition. Three of the stories have earned contest placements:

  • "I Remember" - shortlisted for Tulip Tree's 2017 Stories That Need to Be Told Contest

  • "Peripheral Visions" - quarter-finalist in the 2016 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest

  • "Pandora's Box" - quarter-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest, finalist in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition

My Review:

What happens when life throws you more curveballs than you know what to do with? This collection of short stories allows us to peek inside these characters' lives and see how they respond to adversity. The circumstances might be different but hope is the underlying theme in each story. Take a break from your day and escape into Peripheral Visions and Other Stories.

Nancy Christie is a gifted author and it shows in this collection of short stories. As a reader, I'm a tough critic when it comes to short stories. The author has to nail the emotion and tell a concise, complete story in a very short period of time. Each of these stories emotes a different emotion yet allows the reader to ponder what they have just read. There wasn't a one I didn't thoroughly enjoy. This is rare in a collection and all the credit goes to Nancy Christie. She breathes life into the characters, and they leap from the page. The pacing of each story is perfect as each story moves at a different pace. The writing is superb and as I was reading, Nancy Christie's writing reminds me of Alice Munro and her short stories. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy it Now:

Author Biography:

Nancy Christie is the award-winning author of Peripheral Visions and Other Stories Rut-Busting Book for Authors, Rut-Busting Book for Writers, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and The Gifts Of Change. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Florida Writers Association, Christie teaches writing workshops at conferences, libraries and schools. She is also the founder of the annual “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day.


Social Media Links:

Reviewed by: Mrs. N


bottom of page