Short Story Review: All is Bright
I’ve had “All is Bright“, by Sarah Pekkanen for a while but figured it was a Christmas story and set it aside. When I saw that Sandy read, and loved, it in March I decided to read it and, boy, am I glad I did! It’s official now, I’ve loved everything Pekkanen has published and should probably start a fan club for her.
Shortly after her break-up with Griffin, Elise is back in town for the holidays to visit her grandmother when she runs into Grif’s mother, Janice, in the grocery store. Elise’s mother passed away when she was six and Janice has been like a surrogate mother to her. Seeing Janice makes Elise realize she misses her more than she ever missed Grif, so she gladly accepts an invitation to dinner. Something upsetting happens at the dinner and Elise leaves early, feeling rather aimless.
She spends the next day at the assisted living facility with Nana and her friends and, let me tell you, they are a hoot! I want to be just like them when I grow up. (I also want a whole book about them!) Elise leaves the women feeling refreshed but it’s not until she gets home and finds something at her front door that she realizes how important love is.
That’s quite a description for a short story, isn’t it? “All is Bright” might be short in words, but it’s long in emotion. Once again, Sarah Pekkanen grabbed at my heart and wouldn’t let go – I teared up and laughed as I read this delightful story. It reminded me of the importance of love and acceptance. It also made me think of my father – he was a lot like Janice. My old boyfriends would stop by our house to visit my father and he was always happy to see them. Even though the story is set around Christmas, I wouldn’t call it a Christmas story – this is a great read for any day of the year.
This is the second wonderful short story I’ve read by Pekkanen and I keep hoping for a collection from her. “All is Bright” is available for most e-Readers for 99¢ and is just perfect when you need something quick to read.