Friday, June 8, 2018

Reprise Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange by Helen Smith

Genre: Short Story/Dystopian/Literary Fiction


“Sarah wanted a sensitive, poetic, romantic boyfriend who would bring her flowers. Ryan ticks all the boxes. So why isn’t Sarah happy?”


“Helen Smith is a British crime writer who lives in London. Her books have appeared in ‘best of the year’ lists by For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent, and the Guardian.”


What a strange little story this is. The description says it is set in “a futuristic England,” but it could easily be interpreted as a twisted dream concocted in the recesses of the brain while either of the primary characters were sleeping. I hesitate to say anything about the world Smith imagines as the setting - figuring that out is half the fun of the story. I’ll just say that in this story world a solution for helping with one of life’s more problematic choices has been developed. But it turns out that we humans sometimes don’t actually want what we think we do, creating a new set of problems. A fun, provocative story.

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Uses UK spelling conventions.

Added for Reprise Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange by Helen Smith was a Winner in the Short Story category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran February 14, 2015

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Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 3-4,000 words

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