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5/5 ⭐ | Turnback Creek: A Novella & Six Stories by Lonnie Busch

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Novellas and short stories are some of my favorite reads. When I’m struggling to get into a book or looking for some diversity in my reading, I always find myself turning to a short story collection. Author Lonnie Busch has delivered an exceptional assortment. Beginning with a fifteen-chapter novella and finishing with six additional stories of varying themes and antics, I was once again shown the power and enjoyment of this genre.

The beauty of storytelling is the imagery, emotion, and thought it provokes in all those who read them. While they can sometimes make us uncomfortable, or show us a darker side, they can also spark a deeper cognitive awareness of the strangers that surround us. Busch has crafted such vivid scenes and character thought in these stories, that he directly forces readers to think more profoundly. From an aging caregiver, to relationships, influence of fear and loss, and the impact of time, these stories will engage to the very last page.

Busch’s characters become fully engrossing despite the short time in which they engage with readers across the page. Short stories and novellas really test an author’s ability to craft scene, characters, and plot, and Busch has passed with flying colors! This may be my first encounter with Lonnie Busch’s writing, but I certainly hope it isn’t the last.

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