A Fragile Hope, by Ken N. Kamoche (Salt
Publishing – releases May, 2007)
In “A Fragile Hope,” Ken Kamoche unveils the unproclaimed lives of
unfortunate souls caught in difficult situations of family and just
making a living in various parts of the world.
This must have been a tall order for Ken, because the term “fragile
hope” seems to embody whatever we have dreamed of, at whatever time,
and sometimes long to possess forever. It’s a nebulous line between
what is and what can be, and indeed Ken describes the line well in
colorful and very personal stories. This title is apt.
If you ever have thought you wouldn’t enjoy a short story, or even a
story set in a country where you have never been, just read the
first story, “The Smell of Fresh Grass.” I assure you that you’ll
complete the entire volume after that, and come up begging for more.
Ken has devised an intricate interplay between family, dreams, and a
kaleidoscope of culture, and he truly makes it work. Within this
setting we see the unfairness typically encountered in life when it
comes to pursuit of one’s dreams. But then just when the reader is
ready to abandon the quest, he brings refreshing change, which is
also typical in life.
This is a powerful short story collection I look forward to seeing
more from ken Kamoche.
Bruce Cook, Ph.D.
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