Short Story Review: “Market Forces” by Kit Caless

3 of 5 stars.

Meals are a shared cultural practice the world over. For some, it’s the insistence on a gathered family. For others, it’s the work place rite of the 10 am coffee break. In the culturally-mixed urban centers, ethnic restaurants are often the first mingling of disparate cultures.

This curious piece is an accumulation of 5 vignettes all centering on the ethnic food market in one London neighborhood, Exmouth Market. The cultural origins of the customers and the food mix as a reflection of the neighborhood itself. It also reflects the neighborhood’s mix of residential and business.

The story is in the accumulation of the vignettes and character situations and not in any particular micro-plot of any particular character. The vignettes do not bleed over into each other.

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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