Short Story Review: “The Arches” by Stephen Thompson

4 of 5 stars.

Major cities are nothing if not an accumulation of the stories of its inhabitants–the histories of varied pasts and the hopes and dreams for the future. An immigrant experience may play out next door to a multi-generational legacy, each with a very different interpretation of the same parks, trains, foods, and pathways.

This realistic tale is written as clearly in its accents and use of Afro-Caribbean creole as it is with its diverse employees of a London auto mechanics garage. Over the course of 18 hours, snippets of two men’s life stories reveal themselves despite their guarded and gruff personalities. The owner of the garage is an American ex-pat who cannot help but sympathize with the homeless teen seeking refuge.

This tale appears in the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London by Influx Press, London. I received my copy of this anthology directly from one of the contributing authors through
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