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Fifteen Minutes: A short story collection Kindle Edition
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And the writing is superb: "The old lady was already dying on my first visit...she looked like a melting wedding cake." And it almost goes without saying that it is tight, concise - a fully formed character in a paragraph, a New York street corner in a sentence. All that and Stephen Hawkins, David Bowie, Miley Cyrus, John Lennon, Scarlett Johansson...
I found this a very accessible collection. Ideal for short story addicts but also an excellent introduction for someone new to reading this genre. I laughed a lot, was moved to tears, but was never bored or tempted to skip a story and I’m looking forward to reading ’15 Minutes’ again.
The stories are a joy to read aloud too - and as each is a stand-alone (many take around 15 minutes to read), that’s how we’ve been enjoying them - on car journeys, before dinner with a glass of wine, or tucked up in bed prior to lights out.
From the stream-of-consciousness of ‘Miley Cyrus Fault’ to the poignant ‘Sougdour’, the variety of time, tone and style is impressive without ever seeming forced or showy. To the contrary, I found many of the stories very touching, conveying a raw vulnerability and humanity that reminded me a touch of Elizabeth Strout (compilers of literary prize shortlists, take note) but Mettler’s voice has a British quality that makes her unique.
Oh, and the cover is fab too!
Some of the famous people are charming, others disappointing, and most don't actually meet the subjects of the stories at all, but influence or brush past their lives.
Mettler creates believable, sympathetic characters and gives us brief glimpses into their lives. She evokes times and places very well.
The collection is themed but the stories do not follow on from each other or link, so this collection is perfect for picking up and putting down again without fear of losing the thread. I really enjoyed it!
Fame links the stories in the collection in a variety of ways, from brushes with fame to unwelcome notoriety and chance encounters with famous names, but they all share a warmth for the characters and a gift for world-building that will have the reader longing for more.
As with any collection, there are stories that particularly stay in your memory and while they are all good, I really loved The Typewriter for its nod to literary relics and You Run, a second-person narrative tale of a young runner witnessing her hero's fall.
Buy two copies: one for you and one to pass on!
Erinna Mettler has a lovely way of conjuring up atmosphere with a few well-chosen words, and she takes us on a globe-trotting, time-bending journey, from punk-era Pontefract to a Hispanic family in modern day San Francisco. A perfect way to spend fifteen minutes!
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