Short Story Review: ‘That Colour’ by Jon McGregor

Story Title: That Colour
Collection/Anthology?: This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (Bloomsbury)
Date Read: 2nd February 2012
Briefly: A couple (presumably married) share a tender moment when the woman declares her annual affection for the colour of the autumnal leaves which cover the trees opposite their home.
Afterthoughts: Rather than going with a longer piece of fiction to open his collection with, McGregor has chosen a story that’s short, warming and subtle in its power. It’s a story that’s so short it has to be considered a work of ‘flash fiction’, and McGregor utilises this briefest of storytelling forms perfectly, in honing in on the detail of an intimacy sparked by the memory of a colour, that is oh so tender but as equally fleeting. So fleeting is this moment in fact, that it would have gone unnoticed in a story of longer length. Here however, it’s magnified to flawless effect, which is dear reader, precise and clever storytelling.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Jon McGregor short story collection, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title, or to take a trip over to the publisher page for this 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).