We Regret to Inform You
Tim Fredrick’s short story collection, We Regret to Inform You, is proof positive that well-crafted literary fiction that conveys small, interpersonal conflict, can serve as its own action-packed, fulfilling read.
Fredrick offers a vast array of tones, from quirky to somber, told from multiple points of view (1st, 3rd; and even 2nd person—a difficult feat for any writer, yet in this case, Fredrick successfully keeps us engaged with the use of “You”).
The prose is steady and succinct, yet layered–poetic. These are slice-of-life, coming-of-age, family dynamic, and character-driven narratives. And central in them all is how human beings seek connection (and in one case, the story “Plaything,” wherein a so-called inanimate object, a catnip toy, the younger sibling of a cat, searches for meaning).
We Regret to Inform You offers universal themes. Fredrick’s characters are multi-dimensional, and ultimately endearing. He really captures the human heart. These stories are highly readable; as in you don’t want to put the book down once you start.
Find it at Amazon.com or the author’s website timfredrick.com