Everblossom is an anthology going through three life stages. Everblossom starts off with a heavy claim in its blurb that it is ”An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.” Naturally, this is a very difficult claim to follow up on, and unfortunately I don’t think this anthology delivered. In fact, it did the opposite with many of the stories and poems being good because they were so ordinary and slice-of-life like. Hinton’s strength was the honesty in which she delivered the stories, and the ones that came off more-so were the more cliche and ordinary stories. Hinton plays with language and sound throughout her pieces, which make them sound far more interesting aloud than on paper. Hinton also has some vivid images in a few of her stories that stick with you. The tone of this anthology came across as bitter which was an interesting contrast in the first two stages- seed and bud- as both are usually looked back upon with a certain rosy hue of innocence. For example, there’s a poem on childhood that’s with a child’s vocabulary but clearly written with an adult’s voice.
In general I felt like Hinton’s style would be much better suited to longer novellas or novels. In many of her short stories there seemed to be either plot or an interesting character or an interesting idea, rather than all three. I felt like the entire work was very heavy handed, and often the ending was already blatant and stating the idea directly again took away from the feel of the piece. An example of this was in a story Changes, with the last two paragraphs. A few of her pieces do touch on deeper issues, but not to the extent that I was hoping for.
I would not completely write her off though, as she does have some novellas(ex. Iwishacana) coming up that I could see being well polished and combining all the positives from this work.
Nibble: “One of the teachers throws him a spoonful of pity in a steaming bowl of no help at all.”
My Rating: 2 out of 10 typical red apples
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.