This is prizewinning author David Robbins’ twentieth book. Oblique Light is a collection of long short-stories set in Scotland and dealing with the alienation and amorality of self-imposed exile.
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That was how it had been with her marriage.
Say ‘yes’ and the road would take you. Say ‘yes’, say ‘yes’. The road had taken him right through to the end of his life and she had completed the circle with him.
It had been rugged in places and the tyres had worn thin. But in the end it had been a complete journey. A lifetime.
A shared incarnation. She had said ‘yes’ and travelled with him to the last breath. There is a last. She had been with him. And then her incarnation continued without him.
Imagine, for a moment, the cross-section of a highrise building. Imagine the people inside. Imagine their lives, their highs and lows, what divides them, and what unites them.
The prize-winning short stories, flash fiction and micro stories in this anthology examine how ordinary people are affected by extraordinary events, and how extraordinary people shape their ordinary world.
These stories are about humanity in action and are characterised by a sparkling literary style.
They tell about love and hate, the persecution of children, the joys and clumsiness growing up, memory, bereavement, and the triumphs and sorrows of old age.
There is plenty of irony and humour in the telling, but also moments of real tragedy where, in a few words, the enormity of the situation is given life and, we are told to pursue life despite its sting.