‘Things Seem So Far Away, Here’ by Stuart Evers

Story Title: ‘Things Seem So Far Away, Here’ by Stuart Evers
Collection/Anthology?: Ten Stories About Smoking (Picador)
Date Read: 6th August 2011
Briefly: Linda arrives for the first time at her brother’s impressive country home, excited to see her niece and confident that the visit will have positive affect on her own dismal life.
Afterthoughts: I knew there was something special about Evers’ writing ability, and this tale demonstrates why. This is an exceedingly well-crafted story in which Evers shows that he has real patience in his storytelling, and a flair for ‘painting’ character and scene. It’s a tale which simmers for the most part as Evers intertwines awkwardness and tension into a storyline which interplays hope with sadness. And in contrast to Evers’ opening story to this collection where the theme of smoking was somewhat subtle and underplayed, the ‘filthy habit’ takes centre stage in this one, delivering a nicotine-stained ending that’s difficult to forget. Superb stuff!

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Ten Stories About Smoking. If you want to find out more about this collection and its author then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for the book.

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).