Blog Tour & Review:: Stories From a Lifetime by Hugh Aaron

29 Jul

Join Hugh Aaron, author of the short story collection, Stories From a Lifetime (Stones Point Press), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in June & July 2011 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Stories From a Lifetime

Stories from a LifetimeStories From a Lifetime carries readers through a widely diverse series of life’s peaks and valleys with poignant, clear-eyed vision and understanding that is only gradually gained across the course of a lifetime through endurance and honest appraisal of the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride.

These stories form a welcome, and increasingly rare, honest, grounded, and beautifully written collection that will touch nerves while sympathizing with what it means to be human.

Hugh Aaron delicately reveals the world through the innocent eyes of a young boy, through those of a soldier far from home during wartime, and those of a struggling businessman and faltering husband. He is unafraid to reveal panic beneath a façade of success, the deep and hollow sadness that may exist in an outwardly happy marriage, the yearning we feel to make a break for freedom from the rat race, the unexpected emotional responses that shift lives far beyond the expected course of events.

Amy’s Review

Stories From a Lifetime is a collection of short anecdotes written by Hugh Aaron.  The stories vary in length, content, and voice.  One was a longer story about business partners and the next a short, first-person story about a little boy and his mother.  Many of the stories seemed like incomplete thoughts, lacking climax, depth, and intrigue—essential elements of short story writing.

What frustrated me most about this collection was the lack of continuity.  While other readers may find this refreshing or even interesting, I would have preferred that the stories were put in some sort of logical order, perhaps by subject.  It seems that Aaron’s stories are just thrown together with no explanation on why the story was written, who the story is about, or whether the story is, in fact, autobiographical.

As I read the stories, I kept thinking, “What is the meaning behind the message?  What is the author trying to convey to me, the reader?”  Honestly, a few stories, like “He Who Would Be King of the Mountain” had a moral tone, but still, the story didn’t grab me.  The back story about why Aaron wrote the book, about how he had all these writings that he wanted to put together in one collection is far more interesting than the works themselves.

Perhaps Aaron’s work just doesn’t grab my young, postmodern mind or maybe I would find Aaron’s writings more compelling if I were older.  If you like simple, short stories, then Stories From a Lifetime might be for you.  Just don’t expect complexity or climax.

For more information on Hugh Aaron visit his website at www.stonespointbooks.com or his blog at www.businesswisdom.blogspot.com.  Head over to Pump Up Your Book! to read one of Aaron’s short stories, “An Unusual Day in the Life of George Amen.”

*With thanks to Pump Up Your Book!, Hugh Aaron, and Stones Points Books for my review copy of this book.*

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