I read On Traigh Lar Beach by over the past few days Dianne Ebertt Beeaff and have mixed feelings about the book.
The book is unique in that it like stories within a story. It begins with Erica, a writer on vacation in Scotland, overwhelmed by the stress of her book contract. While on Traigh Lar Beach, she finds thirteen objects ranging from an artificial lotus blossom to a a jar of pickled onions. Erica write thirteen short stories about each item. Well actually, 12 short stories and then a novella for one of the items – a rock concert laminate badge.
The premise of the novel is really cool, but sadly I could not get into the 12 short stories. They didn’t really capture my attention and I actually hardly even remember what they were about now and it’s only been a few days since I read them.
I did, however, really like the novella based on the rock concert laminate badge. I really got into that story and it made up for not being all that interested in the short stories in the first half of the book. The novella follows a few different women who all love a Scottish rock band called Dartha. Each have totally different lives and things going on with them, but have a special love for Dartha whether it be because their music helps them cope with something in their life or they have a delusional imaginary relationship with the lead singer. There is a connection among the women in the end that brings it all together and I ended up really liking the whole novella.
Obviously everyone’s tastes are different and you may enjoy the short stories, but I just couldn’t get into them. I do think that the novella in the book made the whole thing worth it though!
*This book was sent to me complimentary, but all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.*