Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story/Contemporary Fiction
Approximate word count: 7-8,000 words
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R.G. Rankine is a thirty-something author who lives in the UK. For more, visit his website.
“When Philip's father told him something unexpected it made him think carefully about his relationship with his father, his family and his past. Trivial matters can mean more than other people ever realise, they can offer up paths never before thought of and sometimes helping others is to help yourself.”
Family dynamics are at the center of this short story, focusing on the relationship between grown kids and their parents as well as amongst siblings. As the oldest child in my family, I was easily able to imagine myself in the role of the protagonist, Philip, in this tale. It was an interesting exercise trying to decide how I would react in the same situation and picturing the reactions of my siblings. A short, yet thought-provoking read.
The author is from the UK and uses his native spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars