Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite
Elephants in the Room by Charlene Wexler is a delightful collection of fictional short stories. Elephants in the Room is divided into short stories on a few different topics relating to life and living, and stories on each topic are grouped together. Some of the topics include Coming of Age, Family and Friends, Animal Magnetism, and Senior Moments. As the titles suggest, these are short stories on everyday ups and downs of life ranging from the young and carefree years to years of maturity with love, illness, death, and joy in between. The stories are a mix of fiction and fiction inspired or based on Charlene’s own life and experiences.
Elephants in the Room by Charlene Wexler is a wonderful and easy read with the short stories ranging in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages. The stories do not have to be read in any particular order and the book can be started anywhere. All of the various topics are well written and meaningful, but I found the stories in the Senior Moments to be the most interesting. It is, after all, during these wiser and older years that life’s truths are sometimes revealed. That being said, I also enjoyed the animal stories and the stories of teenage and college life. The stories are a great mix of sadness, joy, humor, and showcase the average human life beautifully. This is a great collection to have on hand and would make a nice gift to someone as well.