‘The Meek Inherit’ by Nastasya Parker

Story Title: ‘The Meek Inherit’ by Nastasya Parker
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 25 November 2010
Briefly: Young schoolgirl Mariette tells of the woeful life of poverty she endures, living with her family in Cité Soleil, the impoverished shanty town found in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Life is so desperately poor that a staple of the family’s meagre diet is mud cakes. The situation surely can’t get any worse, can it? Well, it’s just about to.
Afterthoughts: I adore this story from Parker, not least because she shows an impressive ability to solicit in the reader, a great sense of empathy for her main character. Not only that but the metaphor she uses around the subject of earth is sublime, and definitely the real highlight of this story. The reader certainly won’t walk away from this one full of the joys of Spring, but how boring would life be if every story had a Disney ending?

Rating: ★★★★½

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize website.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Wonderful write up (and I fully agree with your review)! I’ve sent the link to Nastasya.