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.