Stories of good people ring true amid trauma
stall selling her prize collection of 50 latest-fashion sunglasses to help with family finances. A man working for the dole, rather than tell his childhood abuse story to the police, confides in a cleaning lady. There is a prisoner who dreams of becoming an artist and a former champion boxer who “fourteen broken noses later returns to his home in Ceylon and begins a new career as a king coconut seller’’.
All essentially good people in tough circumstances, and all just doing the best they can.
It’s hard to write good people and make them plausible and interesting, but Wright can. Her dialogue is true and her voice unsentimental, and despite the prevalence of downbeat subjects these stories from the ‘‘get in, get out and don’t linger’’ school of storytelling are full of compassion.
Michelle Wright demonstrates impressive control of the shortstory form