Today’s book review, of the three short stories in Carol’s collection, is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey.
‘The Way Home’ by Carol Holland March
Whether a place or a relationship, all the characters in The Way Home are seeking what they’ve lost, and the clues they follow are just beyond the veil. A metaphysical treat for those who like their stories off the beaten path, their fantasy balanced on the edge of reality.
When a volcano threatens the Valley of the Caheya, a priestess sets out to recover the stolen crystal that can create a bridge to another world. But facing the demon and the venomous black sea that guard the crystal is just the beginning. Mata must confront her ancient past and her desire for revenge if she is to save her family and the Caheya from extinction. The Way Home is a journey into the past to save the future as Mata seeks redemption from an unlikely source. But will she be able to coax the bridge from the crystal before the volcano wipes out everything in the valley?
Other stories include The Conversation, where a thoroughly-urban poet searches for home in the desert she has always feared and follows a wolf to meet her destiny.
In Desert Song, a young woman embarks reluctantly on a road trip, where she is chased by a ghostly skeleton, and faces buried memories so she can open to herself to love.
In The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, a young man on the verge of adulthood falls in love with a mysterious winged girl who cannot become who she is without her twin. But her twin is on another world, and how will her family ever find her?
This collection starts with ‘Desert Song’ and a brilliant opening: ‘The Chevy truck looked like I had been painted by a team of monkeys on acid’. The story settles into first-person past tense, set in 1982 – my mid teens – and the humour continues, told by our protagonist, Franny. This story is a tale of her simple life with Ray, and a journey they made in the aforementioned truck.
There are serious moment but they’re told with humility. I was intrigued at the mention of a skeleton and we have two other conflicts (her relationship with her family and her feelings about Ray).