*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
In her debut collection of essays, Be With Me Always, Randon Billings Noble explores the ways in which she is haunted by her past. From past lovers to nude models, Noble examines these experiences in an attempt to discover what the ghosts of her past are trying to say. With short story or essay collections, I tend to err towards liking a few, but feeling indifferent to most. Be With Me Always is an exception, in that most were brilliant. I really liked the variety of structures that the author used, and how they drew on literary and historical parallels to frame the narrative. I particularly enjoyed ‘The Heart As A Torn Muscle’ which takes the form of a kind of WebMD entry, and ‘The Sparkling Future’, which explores the parallels between the authors own relationship and that of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. A great collection that makes me excited to read more from Randon Billings Noble.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Be With Me Always will be published on March 1st 2019.