Tuesday, March 26, 2019

"The Baggage Handler" by David Rawlings

My review...

The Baggage Handler is one of the best short stories I’ve read in some time, and it reminded me of James Rubart’s books with its thought-provoking message. The writing quickly drew me in. There’s a bit of a speculative element to the story, but not enough to turn someone off who may not be a fan of that genre.

The story follows three main characters and the Baggage Handler. I expected the characters to interact a bit more, but there are definitely similarities between them. There wasn’t as much of an obvious religious aspect as I was expecting.

Discussion questions in the back provide a great opportunity for further reflection, and it would make this a great story for a book club or small group. Aside from that, this is a quick, enjoyable read. I would’ve like it to be a bit longer, and then there could have been a bit more character development, but I do think the author gets his message across to the reader. This story will likely leave the reader examining the baggage they carry around each day.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

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