Friday, February 5, 2016

*Review* My Friend Hyman is Dead by Lee Ward

Genre: Fiction/Poetry/Cookbook
Published: December 22, 2014
Pages: 116


This is a collection of short stories, poems and recipes by Ashland, Ky., author Lee Ward.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This book had me hooked at the disclaimer, specifically the part that said "The recipes are not guaranteed to turn out right, either." The poems gave me very clear images and the recipes seem pretty solid in spite of that disclaimer. 

The short stories seem more like character sketches than full-fledged stories to me. They largely contained no real conflict. As character sketches they were excellent though. The character voice was different in all of them, and even without physical descriptions, I got a very clear image of the characters in each case, and could picture their lives. 

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was an overall enjoyable read. - Katie 

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About the Author

I grew up in Williamson, W.Va., and only child who was adopted; later, I learned I had at least 15 biological siblings. I always was fascinated with type and words and books and magazines.
I started writing in high school and studied journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where I earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism. I've worked in journalism for about 30 years -- in radio, newspapers and magazines. I'm the Lifestyles Editor at The Independent in Ashland, Ky., where I have a weekly column on Sundays and a weekly food column on Tuesdays. I also paint in watercolors and like to cook and swim. I love dogs, especially Boston terriers and all breeds similar.

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