Short Story Review: “Broadgate” by Tim Burrows

3 of 5 stars.

One can view a city as the summation of the people comprising it with their accumulated stories and histories. Take two or three diverse sample people and see how they interact to get a feel for the greater neighborhood or city. Such was the strength of Jarmusch’s indie film Night on Earth forcing interactions in the backs of taxis in LA, NYC, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki.

This vignette set in London’s eastside pairs The Banker, a white-collar, privileged married cad, with Daniela, an immigrant from Colombia who for a dozen years, still holds the city at arm’s length. Their crossing paths is sudden and realistic. Their parting is just as quick albeit left open. The cad’s reaction to the experience is dismissively on point, if ultimately dissatisfying.

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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