‘But Then Again, Maybe it is’ by Clare Wallace

Story Title: ‘But Then Again, Maybe it is’ by Clare Wallace
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 24th June 2011
Briefly: The narrator is out on the streets of Cardiff looking for his girlfriend. Why is she no longer at his side? All is revealed.
Afterthoughts: ‘Saving the best until last’ is an adage that almost rings true here, because this final story in this anthology is certainly one of the best of the bunch. I adored it, simply because it’s so well put together, and it reads so beautifully. The narrator (the principle character) is an absolute hoot – lovable in his own kind of way, and made all the more endearing not only because he’s hopelessly in love with his girlfriend and he has an adorable dog called Buckly (it’s a musical reference, and there’s plenty of those in this story to keep every pop fan happy), but also because he has something of a habit for telling untruths (can lying be endearing? In this case, yes it can). In the end one actually becomes rather attached to the poor fellow, feeling somewhat sorry for him, because although he’s a bit of a dope, his heart is certainly in the right place. I’ll leave you with this, which wholly sums up the principle character: if one of the Gallagher brothers (Oasis, not Shameless) was ever to be found in Wales, then the narrator of this story would undoubtedly be him.

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.

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