Story Title: ‘Reading Turkish Coffee’ by Laura Lewis
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Date Read: 15th March 2012
Briefly: Alma escaped from troubles in Syria long ago, when she was a childhood bride. Now middle-aged Alma, ekes out a life in a different country as a displaced refugee, working as a cleaner in an art school. Reading her fortune in the coffee grinds of her cup one day, Alma sees that she is about to come face-to-face with a long lost ghost.
Afterthoughts: New Zealand-based Laura Lewis wholeheartedly deserves her third place in the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize, with a story that resonates with cultural richness. It’s surprising to read that this is Lewis’ first published story, because her prose shows the maturity of a more established writer. Ultimately, this is such a mournful tale and yet it sparkles with flecks of hope, and of affection. This is a story that is as delicious I think, as the coffee that briefly features in it. Want to know why I adore short fiction so much? Read this story and you’ll find out why.
This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Review of Books Anthology 4. If you want to find out more about this collection 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 this title.