My Year of Short Stories: Dec 4th. Evie M. by O.A. Lindsey, Iowa Review, 2013

A story about a veteran who has come back from Iraq or Afganistan and has found it difficult to adapt back to civilian life.

This story is the type of literature the makes me yawn at literature. Not because it’s poorly written, quite the opposite, but because it deals with subject matter so thoroughly trodden it doesn’t feel like a new story. It doesn’t offer any new ideas, just old ones wrapped in different packaging. The narrative is quick and readable, the character’s predicament is real and sad, but by the end of the piece I felt this story was similar to others in the same vein, complete with literary tropes like a recent breakup/broken heart, the loss of things the protagonist loved until the point they contemplate suicide.

While the story itself is a moving one, it doesn’t present the issues in a new light. (C-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s