The Bed Moved: Stories, by Rebecca Schiff

6666651053846152998The Bed Moved: Stories, by Rebecca Schiff, published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

If you’re looking for a collection of short fiction that is sharp, honest, funny, and a bit strange, look no further than The Bed Moved: Stories, by Rebecca Schiff.

The stories in this small volume of fiction are short, to-the-point, and full of unexpectedly poignant, understated sentiments. Schiff’s dialogue, characterization, and snarky observations are remarkable. She takes the language of a story and uses it like a punch to the throat of the reader. And it’s good for readers to get a proverbial throat punch from time to time. That is what worthy fiction is for, after all.

Schiff’s work falls into a category of fiction that is not easy to define. Contemporary and yet transcending paradigms of time. Blunt, almost bitchy at times, yet filled with desire, soul, and something akin to love. Stories that do not shrink away from exposing the truths and hypocrisies of this generation, with all its addictions to technology, sex, and other people’s tragedies.

While reading these stories, I found myself laughing out loud one moment, cringing the next. I’ve always admired authors who can provoke such emotions in a reader. It is Schiff’s ability to do this that makes The Bed Moved a commendable collection of short fiction.

Shannon Bowring

About Shannon Bowring

I am 26 years old. I was raised up in the County, in the tiny town of Ashland. I attended the University of Maine in Orono and graduated in 2012 with a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Reading and writing have always been the greatest loves of my life. I am most at home in the dusty corners of used bookstores, surrounded by forgotten books. One day, inspiration struck when I decided I wanted to combine all my loves – writing, reading, traveling, exploring these beloved shops – to create an outlet in which I can share my bookish adventures with an audience of like-minded readers who could appreciate my love of words and stories.