Fiona Rintoul – writer, journalist, translator

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Let’s Pretend

Posted on October 9th, by admin in Books. Comments Off on Let’s Pretend

Fiona’s story ‘One hundred flowers’ appears in the short story collection Let’s Pretend.

I used dollars my family had sent to buy coffee and chocolate from the Friendship Store, and we had a celebration. Grandma Gao spat the coffee out, but she patted me on the arm as she pottered off on her tiny ruined feet to squat by the door and smoke the Kent cigarettes I’d given her. It was an acceptance of sorts.

From the Glasgow University Masters course in Creative Writing comes this collection of brand new writing from some of the most exciting and fresh talents around. Thirty-seven writers have taken (in)fidelity as a theme to offer up 37 remarkable short stories.

“[These] stories form as strong a collection as I’ve read in a decade or more. Wit and wistfulness, black skies and blue, laughter and tragedy all are on display here.” Ian Rankin

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