ON THE WAY by Cyn VargasOn The Way by Cyn Vargas
Published by Curbside Splendor Publishing on April 21st 2015
Pages: 188
Genres: Fiction, Short Stories (single author), Women's Fiction
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Cyn Vargas's debut explores the whims and follies of the heart. When a mother disappears in Guatemala, her daughter refuses to accept she's gone; a divorced DMV employee falls in love during a driving lesson; a young girl shares a well-kept family secret; a bad haircut is the last straw in a crumbling marriage. Cyn Vargas lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Reading time 2 mins

I had no idea what to expect when I got this book. The cover is really cool and I need short stories in my reading sometimes. On the Way was an excellent collection of great stories. I loved almost all the stories, even though they don’t all have a happy ending.

On The Way is a collection of twelve stories. Anyone of these stories were captivating enough to make me a fan of the author. The characters are very well written, as are the scenes, the emotions involved. I really enjoy this writer’s style. Most of the stories were of youth, or the relationships of a child to family and friends. There were a few that were just adults, with children in the background. Even with all the adolescences, the subject matter was mature. Most of these stories talked about surviving tragedy of some sort; lose of love, losing a parent, lose of innocence, ending friendships. I can tell you that none of them made me cry, because surviving is the whole point. The author is careful to lead the reader back to a place of hope, or at least a way to deal with the events in the story, before moving on to another.

Some of the stories really stick out in my mind. Guate was such a great way to start this collection. It is a story about a girl and her mother visit their aunt in Guatemala. This story broke my heart, but then it reminded me to not give up hope. That Girl, which is all about being different and being honest with yourself. At This Moment which I unfortunately can relate to, I am sad about the secrets we have to keep. Next in Line was about a man who administers driving tests for licenses. His story was more of a day in the life of, but it was really entertaining.

Each of these stories is an experience. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. The writing was so honest, and it made me feel for the characters. I would recommend this to someone who enjoys reading short stories, I would love to see a full length novel from this author.

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About the Author

Cyn Vargas‘ short story collection, On The Way, is being published by Curbside Splendor Publishing in spring 2015. She holds an MFA from Columbia College, and is the recipient of a Ragdale Fellowship and the 2013 Guild Literary Complex Prose Award in Fiction. Cyn was named one of Guild’s Literary Complex’s 25 Writers to Watch in 2014 and has received two top citations in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contests. She is a company member of the award-winning storytelling organization 2nd Story. Her work has appeared in Chicago Reader, Split Lip Magazine, Word Riot, Literary Orphans and elsewhere. Cyn teaches creative writing workshops around Chicago and online. She lives in Chicago.

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