Empty, by Stacy-Deanne, was a short story (only about 60 pages) of a middle-aged college professor, Bella, with a very troubled background. She is infatuated with one of her students, but believes in her heart that their relationship would be wrong. Not only is she twenty years older than Cameron, but she is Black, he is white and he is currently a student in her class.
As one can see this short story tackled a lot of major issues. In addition to the ones already mentioned, alcoholism, drug addiction, parenting and death were also thrown in. What I most enjoyed about this story was the realism. In a very few pages, the author did not sugar-coat any of the issues; she embraced them and was able to allow the readers to get a feel for all characters. We were given a sense of their backgrounds, which created the people they became.
I have read other works by this author and like her style of writing. She pulls no punches and tells the story like it is. In this book she lets the reader know that whether you were a 25 year-old college student or a 45 year-old college professor, your past should not dictate your future. It also let us know that age is really just a number and we shouldn’t assume that because someone is young they don’t know their heart.
I recommend this book, and the author’s other works, to all readers.
-Reviewed by: Selina