This past week we kicked off something new here at Read Furiously. It's something big, something awesome, a brand new ongoing project we're all incredibly excited about. It's called the One 'n Done series, a collection of short works by some of the most talented writers you'll be seeing all over the place in the not too distant future. It'll feature everything from short stories to novellas, one-act play to comic one-shorts, poetry collections to works of non-fiction. The series has some of the best storytelling out there, tailored specifically for those Furious Readers who might not have as many hours to read as they'd like... but still want something worth their time.
Now when breaking ground on a project this big it's important to lead with your strongest hand, and let me tell you, we certainly have. The first volume was just released this past week and we're not holding anything back. It's called Breath by S. Atzeni, and I had the pleasure of acting as editor on the title. Not only does that mean I got to be one of the first people to read the story, it also means I get the honor of introducing it to the world.
Surprisingly though, I'm at a little bit of a loss for how to do it. Breath isn't a story you can easily explain in a few simple sentences. Breath a story you have to experience to be fully appreciated. I could tell you how beautiful the prose is, or how wonderfully Atzeni uses magical realism to craft a very moving story. But that doesn't really do it justice. You have to dive in for yourself and read lines like: "She wanted to “yell” or to “cry out,” but she was afraid it would take too much work (she also didn’t have the time). So she chose to “scream,” riding purely on instinct, but reveling in the psychological implications." to truly feel the impact. You have to get lost in the beauty of Atzeni's writing to understand just how amazing the story is. It floats back and forth in time, pulling you into a world so eloquently constructed you become completely immersed in the characters and their struggles. It becomes real.
Even after the final page Breath will stay with you, coming in waves, moments will replay themselves over in your head and new layers to the story will be revealed. Having read the story dozens of times now, even I still feel as though I've only scratched the surface of what this it has to offer. And perhaps that's the real magic of Breath, for as moving a story as it is, the impression it can leave is even more powerful.
So while I may have struggled doing justice to the story, I still encourage everyone our there to pick up a copy and experience Breath for themselves.