The Itching Scars by Mohy Omar

Three stories with death as a common thread.  In the first story, death is a fair-skinned, black-clad lover.  In the second story, set in a future dystopia, with overtones of the Biblical story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac, a God-loving father wishes his own death would unburden his unbelieving son in a “free-thinking” world.  In the final story, caught between a therapist and a demon, John comes to terms with a murder he commits.  Mohy Omar gives us a taste of John’s mindset by using disjointed tenses and flashing between moods.  Not unlike Rabih Alameddine’s The Angel of History, death here is complex, as vibrant as any other character.  He (or she) is as much a part of life as sex, and, according to Mohy, just as tender or as violent.  Readers, beware of graphic content.  The author plans more Scar stories. Author’s amazon page

Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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