A collection of short stories by Anthony Marra which actually read like a novel because the stories are so well connected.
Anthony Marra has a unique way of telling a story and readers and lovers of his past work [b:A Constellation of Vital Phenomena|18428067|A Constellation of Vital Phenomena|Anthony Marra|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1408313066s/18428067.jpg|19926928][bc:A Constellation of Vital Phenomena|15797715|A Constellation of Vital Phenomena|Anthony Marra|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1372046438s/15797715.jpg|19926928] will be eager as I was to read his latest book. I have to be honest and admit I didnt like the title or the cover of this novel and if I hadn't read his previous novel I would pass this by on a bookshelf without even picking it up to read the blurb.
I acturally purchased this as an audio book and was really disappointed with the narrator and couldnt get past the first chapter as I found the quality and tone disappointing. I purchased the book in hardback as it was not available to me in Kindle format.
I loved the first story The Leopard
set in Leningrad in 1937, this story for me was flawless and I have to admit on finishing the book I went back and read that story again and enjoyed it even more.
I liked the next couple of stories but unfortunately I wasn't blown away by the second half of the book and found myself losing interest and at times had difficultly keeping track of the characters in the various stories.
Having said that I did enjoy the read, and I love the unique and refreshing way this author gets his stroy across.