I initially wished to write a review on the winner of an NPR short story contest that I had entered a few months ago. Unfortunately, my attempts to find the winning piece failed miserably.
I was forced to abandon that ship but luckily, NPR had another equally attractive boat sailing right past my sinking vessel: 3 minute fiction.
I browsed through a few of the “favorites,” they were all quick blurbs and were each a treat to read. My personal favorite, however, had to be the beautifully written story called “Ripening” by Andrew Morris.
This quick glimpse of childhood fully embraced all a person could expect in a short story. There is an appropriate boyish voice in the responses to the seemingly oppressive demands of the father in the tale. Yet the boyish attitude was paired with but not stifled by an adult descriptive tongue. The voice is loud yet delicate.
The quick rising action pulled me in. Despite the slim-to-none background information, I felt the rush of running through mud and overgrown gardens to escape a scolding parent. I could just feel the summer breeze and brotherly bond the two boys shared in their base- their safe-haven in the bushes.
The odds are slim that I enjoyed this short glimpse of childhood simply because I can relate to sumer adventures spent outdoors. The brilliance of this fast fiction is owed to the accurate voice and propelled plot that only a truly gifted storyteller can embody.
A review of 3 minute fiction should certainly not exceed three minutes, so nice work Mr. Morris.