My prize-winning story ‘The Ideal Husband Exhibition’ is free to read on The London Magazine website right now. Click here to take a look. You can purchase a print copy of the August/September 2017 edition (also containing the story) here too.
This was a bit of a departure for my style-wise as I tend to shy away from first-person narratives (not sure why) but this story is firmly told from the unique perspective of a single character. The structure of the story was bit of a challenge too, with each discreet section made up of three parts, each part doing a unique job within each section, while the movement of the sections hopefully creates a rhythm to the piece. Tonally too, it’s not as dark as many of my stories can be, it has, I hope, a lightness to it. I spent a fair chunk of time with Kate and Elisa in the writing of this (the original draft was a good bit longer and took much trimming and restructuring to get right) and kind of missed them once I was forced to leave them behind at the end. Looking at the story now, I really hope for good things for them, but, frankly, this is one of those stories that leaves that up to the individual reader.
So, if you have a spare 15 minutes or so, go read it at the link above. I hope you do. And I hope you like it.
One Response to ‘The Ideal Husband Exhibition’ in The London Magazine
Great story, Dan. You always come up with such intriguing concepts (although that’s never at the expense of the actual story). Good stuff, and congratulations on the prize. The award ceremony sounds fantastic.
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