While I’m Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane is a collection of short stories that will leave you captivated to the very end. Lane is a gifted author and is able to make the reader feel as though he or she is right there witnessing the events in the stories he tells.
As a Texan myself, I can see the landscape, hear the regional drawls, and taste the local foods. While I’m Still Myself is a prime example of a literary work of art that beautifully tells the stories of what it is like to be Texan down to the very last detail.
While Im Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane
For just a minute, imagine the following description of a small West Texas town as described in the opening paragraph of The Pebblestone Five:
“Somewhere along the Texas Panhadle sits a town like most others in that part of the country. A few buildings–mostly boarded up–sit scattered, seemingly by happenstance, among a decaying post office, a filthy, roach-filled corner store, and houses with missing shingles and grass reaching the bottom of the windows. The town’s name, though not worth mentioning, is of interest only due from its being derived from a stray dog that, as history tells it, would meander back and forth between the porch of the local watering hole (now nothing more than a rotten frame without roof or walls) and the town post office (not in vastly better condition, but inhabited by a toothless drunkard of a postman known by the name Booger).”
While Im Still Myself beautifully transcribes these purely Texan descriptions. How many times as we’ve driven through Texas have we seen a town that might just be the town and the people Lane is writing about? Lane evokes deep emotion from historically inspired accounts such as in the short story, Souls in the Wind:
“Under the tree were two horses, both riders dismounted, and a third man, who looked to be on his knees. Briscoe set his whiskey on the window ledge…pulled his horse from the first pen and mounted with no saddle…A black man, no doubt the one on his knees before, was now standing with his hands tied behind his back. Briscoe approached and spotted the white of a noose around his neck. “Mornin’ Mr. Briscoe,” said one of the other men. He knew the voice right away. It was Hank Aldridge, the over zealous young sheriff of Wichita Falls.”
No doubt that as you read the short stories contained in While Im Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane you are going to be left feeling captivated, mesmerized, happy, thoughtful, and angry throughout its pages. Mr. Lane has a way of evoking the deepest feelings from the reader, making them come face to face with their inner self. Mostly, you’ll be left wanting to read more.
As one reviewer wrote, “Charming and rich with emotion that makes me ponder on pieces of our existence that are often overlooked,” or as Jeremy Mark Lane puts it in the words of his character Ceely, “Oh to fly away…This very minute. While Im still myself and can be something to someone.”
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Disclosure: I received a copy of While Im Still Myself for free in exchange for my review. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and purchase something that I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This post was first published Jan 12, 2012.