Book: Found Money by Peter Watson Jenkinscategories: Book, Wealth, Lottery, Lucky Coin, Queen Victoria, Hidden Treasure, Date Rape, Katrina, Ghost, Diamonds, Homeless, Stinking Rich, Short Stories
Peter Watson Jenkinsabout this book: Short stories aren't fashionable these days. It's hard to know why when reading Found Money. One reviewer wrote, "the tightly woven fabric of each story displays a unique pattern, setting it apart from all the others." Other reviewers "enjoyed" the 18 short stories deeming them "excellent" and the book "a treasure."
When reading books we sometimes find ourselves let down when we have all put down a novel but have not been able to come back to it for a while. Then we had difficulty in remembering the details and have had to restart. This is where the short story excels. Coming back later simply means we start another story.
Do not imagine that because your teacher made you write very short stories in English class, that they are easy to construct as adults. One reviewer of wrote of a story, "I was completely caught of guard, immersed within it..."
The stories in Found Money are truly varied: a little family is caught in Hurricane Katrina, a schoolboy is in danger during the London Blitz, an aging nun travels by train clutching a brown paper packet, a Egyptian takes over a new bakery caught up in the recent Egyptian revolution, two strangers share the big prize in a lottery but winning it is not their main story, we are taken back to the days of the South Sea Bubble, the discovery of buried treasure in a farm results in a schoolboy meeting the young Queen Victoria.
The 18 stories are about wealth or the token of wealth coming unexpectedly to people and even to a pet white rabbit! There is one exception a story of a husband and wife adopting vegetarianism and then being sorely challenged. The story won the author, Peter Watson Jenkins, a $100 prize at a local restaurant. The cover of the book calls the author a "Master Wordsmith." Find out for yourself is that is true. You can be sure at least that short stories are coming back in fashion.
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