“12 Random Words/12 Palabras al Azar” by Fabiana Elisa Martinez


Fabiana Elisa Martinez
Talk-Active, LLC (2016)
ISBN 9780997149708
Reviewed by Juliana Leal For Reader Views (02/17)

In “12 Random Words/12 Palabras al Azar” by Fabiana Elisa Martinez, you will find a beautiful collection of very short stories in which the author describes every character and every place in a unique way.

It is very easy to get immersed in such an excellent way of writing. Your imagination will fly and will transport you to the place she is describing and you will feel what she wants the reader to perceive.

Each story is full of so many feelings, wanting to continue knowing more about the characters. I enjoyed every story but especially Door/Puerta, in which she writes:

“He’ll be here soon. Breathe. Smile. Relax. You will never live this waiting again. Steal this moment. Feel a window opening your chest, much bigger and wider than the three sad windows that only look at a gray wall. Listen! That is the elevator. Those are his steps. Lay your head on the pillow, close your eyes. The key is clicking easily and the hinges are singing. He is opening the door. He is in.”

And the story, Highs/Alturas:

“The sun of her hair and the sea of her eyes are the posthumous presents from my friend to me. My heart leaps high inside my chest, and I know that I am not dead and will not be for a long time to come.”

I love how she describes every moment with so much detail. So human, with a beautiful touch and surprising endings.

“12 Random Words/12 Palabras al Azar” by Fabiana Elisa Martinez is truly a piece of art that you will enjoy as well as the contrast in reading in two languages. Where it can be a great instrument of learning on how to write and read in English and in Spanish.

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