Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Amy Ephron’s story collection presents moments of her life. She touches upon divorce, motherhood, childhood and adulthood. The collection has many brief stories and the book summary promises, “the most insightful, profound and just plain funny stories of her life.” I was compelled by this and was excited for the collection. I was also interested by another review that mentioned the characters “are like the loose diamonds themselves…out of their settings,” but I was unable to find this theme.

Amy Ephron has compiled a collection of memoir style stories. The connections between the stories are unknown and not apparent. They seem to be random in both inclusion and in order of appearance. At a mere 165 pages with the longest story occupying 18 large typed pages, the collection is a scant representation of the promises made by the book summary. Like the subject in the title, Loose Diamonds, Ephron’s stories are a random collection that seems disorganized, with the only true connection being the writer herself.

Ephron’s stories are flat with very little emotion. In one of the later stories, Ephron comes close to something truly personal, meaningful, something deep and then vows never to speak of it. Her stories are about a privileged woman residing in Southern California. I would imagine with effort these stories really could have been touching and heartfelt, but they are presented here as shallow and unmemorable. I have no doubt Ephron has some really good stories to share, but these are not those stories…not yet.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Part-time fiction writer, Alisha Churbe lives in Portland, Oregon. In the rare instances when you can pry her away from books, Alisha can be found travelling in foreign countries, cooking, or hiking with her husband Michael and dog Euro.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.