Short Story Review: Cats and Elephants by Nastasya Parker

Story Title: ‘Cats and Elephants’ by Nastasya Parker.
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Briefly: Ms Favrell and Cindy are in love with one another, but disapproval and worry put a taint on their happiness.
Afterthoughts: I remember reading a Nastasya Parker story in Last year’s Bristol Short Story Prize anthology, and it was one of the most powerful and affecting stories of the collection. This year Parker returns with a story that’s as equally memorable. This time around she focuses on a same sex partnership, where outside prejudices and complications cause ripples in the relationship. Her story is sympathetic and intimate and much more potent than its short length should allow it to be. God only knows how American-born Parker crams so much into so little space, but she does with Cats and Elephants exactly what she did with The Meek Inherit, and created an affecting story that’s nigh on impossible to fault.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

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).