Book Review: Lachesis’ Allotment by Diana R.A. Morris
Come in to learn more about Diana R.A. Morris’ debut novel – Lachesis’ Allotment – a collection of thoughts, short stories and questions and observations. Rating: 4.5/5
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed throughout are my own.
In Greek mythology, Lachesis (lack-eh-sis) allots each of us a length of thread to weave with as we will. This hybrid collection of short essays and screenplay explores the nature of friendship and our relationships with the people in our lives over time. From the friendships we form in childhood to the adult friendships we form with our parents–even after they’re gone–this work weaves together memory, meditations on making our dreams a reality, and the evolving nature of our connections as we knot our strands together or unravel the knitting we’ve achieved.
I read Lachesis’ Allotment in one night, cried quite a bit, and then marinated in its glory until I felt the time was right to write this post. There are a lot of books I love, but not many books or stories that really resonate with me. This was one that fit both of those descriptors. Scattered throughout the essays are questions – like what is an idea you have that you know will be a game changer (like the movie Avatar)? It was nice to take a moment to reflect about our own answers. I wished it were longer, and I hope that Diana writes more like this some time soon.
I loved the way this was written. I loved moving between short essays and dialogue written in the form of a screenplay. I loved feeling as though I were having an intimate conversation with a friend, and the topics she talked about rang real for me. From losing childhood friendships, to the very real fear of losing a parent, even down to being a product of immigration. I related to these stories, and enjoyed seeing Diana’s perspective on things. One of my favorite chapters was ‘Things I Love’. I think we should all take some time to write a list of the things we love. Overall I genuinely loved this book, and I think it’s something a lot of us can relate to.
About The Author: Knowing there’s nothing quite like a good book, Diana Morris set out to write her fiction debut, LACHESIS’ ALLOTMENT. With a B.A. from Boston College and a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University, Morris uses her voice to help others as an educator, writer, and editor. In her free time, Morris enjoys hiking near her home in Nashville, TN, trying new restaurants, and taking down a well-crafted crème brûlée. To learn more about her work and freelance services, visit her website.