This is a jarring collection of stories. Stories with a variety of characters that often get intertwined in surprising ways, that are wide and eclectic and full of everyday meaning. Sometimes they provoke strong emotions because of the way they make thinking and reflecting on one’s own life unavoidable.
“Meeting E.M. Forste” is about a man confronting his homosexuality in 1947 and wrestling with what that means. “Valentin in Trouble” deals with our own illusions of ourselves, how others see us, and what we might gain by being honest. “Cousins” continues on this theme with a harsh look at how relationships differ in people’s minds and how you might affect someone in ways you hadn’t considered.
Overall, this is a collection of stories that look at how people feel, act, love, and behave in a light that is never false. These stories will rattle you and perhaps shake you to your core, asking you to take a look at your own life and reflect on how you interact with others. Carole Glasser Langille is a poet and artist as well as a writer, which is evidenced in the pictures she paints in your mind and soul through her words.
I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are (Stories)
By Carole Glasser Langille
$24.95, paperback, 176 pp.
Gaspereau Press, 2015