Read on June 24, 2015
Synopsis: Ex-ballet dancer Lexie is a stripper on the suburban pub circuit. She loves her enthusiastic audiences, unless they’re like The Creep. His chilling presence reveals her vulnerability and makes her rethink what she does for a living. This short story raises important gender issues.
Bookish Things: 19 pages. The cover is simple, but a nice tie into the book.
Where to buy: Unfortunately this doesn’t look like it’s available through Amazon anymore.
I had come to expect young adult, or new adult mysticism tinged tales. But this, this story is raw and emotional, heartening and a bit scary at the same time.
I was amazed at just how much character Tahlia packed into this tiny story. In just 19 pages Tahlia weaved a swift net to capture the reader and make them sit up and take notice of this intriguing profession.
And, because Tahlia likes to ensure her readers have something important to think on when they finish reading her work, this time her focus is on gender issues. Society’s views on the stripping profession, what it means to be a stripper, who those that watch strip shows are, and quite a few others.
So, while this story is only 19 pages long, it’ll keep you thinking long after you’ve finished it.
Flawlessly edited again, as is expected from Tahlia. So, the only reason this doesn’t get 5 stars from me is the lack of a solid ending. This, I feel, will be a personal choice of each reader. The softer ending will please some, and annoy others. To me, there were too many unanswered questions. It felt unfinished to me.
**Note: Since getting this book, it has been removed from Amazon**