Story Title: ‘Things Seem So Far Away, Here’ by Stuart Evers
Collection/Anthology?: Ten Stories About Smoking (Picador)
Date Read: 11th August 2011
Briefly: Marty gets an unexpected phone call at work. It’s Angela, a significant ex-partner from the past, and she’s keen to meet up with him.
Afterthoughts: Another well written tale from Evers, and one which is brimming with rich description. Not only does he do a fine job in describing the drabness of Swindon (sorry people of Swindon), but he also perfectly captures in words, those tacky, kitschy middle-of-town hotels that everyone seems to find themselves in at some point in their life. The real genius stroke in this story however is in the way in which Evers has incorporated his theme of smoking. He takes a simple aspect of the habit and runs with it, and he ends up creating a clever little story ending. Very enjoyable!
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.