- Book: Between Love and Hate
- Location: Bahrain, China, Idaho, Montenegro, North Carolina
- Author: Toni Morgan
There is an unrelenting authenticity that runs like a thread of truth through all of the short stories in “Between Love and Hate.” In the masterful flash-fiction pieces, “The House on East Orange Street” and “Clipping Coupons” Toni Morgan fuses the salient moments of life into prisms that reflect meaning in the midst of tragedy. She has a gift for inhaling the dreams, goals and conflicts that drive her fictional characters and exhaling the realizations that inevitably result from their experiences.
Whether it be a Japanese family’s journey to an internment camp in rural Idaho during World War II, the explosive ending to a woman’s encounter with her abusive ex-husband, or a soldier’s harrowing encounter with the brutality of war, these stories reveal the inner lives of Morgan’s characters as inextricably connected with the wider contexts in which they take place. She effortlessly transports us from the hardscrabble reality of farm life in America to a gold souk in Bahrain filled with the chattering of exotic birds. And in each setting we are invited to forget the ‘foreignness’ as we are drawn into the universality of the human heart. Highly recommended.