The cover is slippery and sliver blue. A picture of a Lungfish signifies the way in which we all have to swim through things. It’s long, sleek body is a symbol of slipping through life’s challenges, and making it through to the other side.
Michelle Reale’s latest collection of short stories, Like Lungfish Getting Through the Dry Season, holds a lot of universal significance. We all look to identify with most everything in life, including pieces of literature we read. If we understand it, if we can shake our heads and say “I’ve been there before”, there’s a comfort in reading it. Reale’s book is certainly comforting. The words are like macaroni and cheese, roast beef and potatoes or tomato soup. It’s a taste of the familiar that Lungfish offers the reader, and it tastes pretty good.