In the fourteen powerful and diverse short stories that make up her collection, THIS FAR ISN’T FAR ENOUGH, Lynn Sloan writes about people on the edges: people that others look past or dismiss, or people at defining moments, ready to leap–the loving disabled boy and his exhausted mother; a once-successful Lowcountry cook seeking a comeback with a popup restaurant in his ghetto apartment; an Alzheimer’s caregiver assessing his life; a mother whose troubled son creates a situation that forces her to see his absent father for the first time in decades; a once angry daughter shaken by revelation and forgiveness; and an astute WWII army grunt trapped in a no-win battle with his superiors. Affecting, memorable, and beautifully written, THIS FAR ISN’T FAR ENOUGH demonstrates Lynn Sloan’s penetrating understanding of loss, endurance, and the undefeated spirit.
“Sloan is inventive and fearless”
— Sharon Solwitz, author of Once, in Lourdes: A Novel, Blood and Milk: Stories, and Bloody Mary: A Novel
“Sloan’s world is one of poverty and wealth, art and the quotidian, love and remorse, and in these apparent paradoxes she offers fascinating insights to the human soul. What a pleasure it is to read…”
— Joe Ponepinto, author of Mr. Neutron
“Sloan’s characters are rendered with sensitive and realistic detail throughout.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“One of the fiction-writing super powers I admire most is the ability to inhabit a wide range of characters and worlds, and to write about each of them with great empathy and understanding. In her story collection…Sloan shows a special gift in this regard. “
— Small Press Picks
“…engaging…. Reflecting Sloan’s acute attention to humanity, her characters are varied and have depths that make them individuals I can care about…. The book leaves a flavor that lingers—not sweetness, but the mineral clarity of a deep well. It’s a satisfying swig of human longing and learning.
— Susan Schoch, Story Circle Book Reviews
“The stories in Sloan’s collection are tragedies that nearly break your heart….”
— Centered on Books
“. . . exceptional stories by a talented writer who understands that emotions are sometimes indefinable and conflicting, that facing adversity can require more than just courage, and that human feeling is complex and intricate….”
— Windy City Reviews