‘I was only nine when I took to practicing the art of not waving. I felt an exhilarating power surge inside me and I ran all the way home, punching the air as I went.’
Kritika Pandey’s ‘The Great Indian Tee and Snakes’ is the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner from Asia.
‘This was going to be harder than he had thought.’
‘Isn’t it sweet to look back at how my mind jumped to the most innocuous conclusion? That after so many years, at seventy-two, my imagination was still so naive?’
‘Maud tries to understand how her role is being rewritten on the spot – who the woman might be.’
‘How does a person waste her twenties like that? The answer of course being easily indeed. As easy as can be.’
‘we’re better equipped for the future than you could ever be’
‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
‘A man, my mother once told me, is a small animal that looks immense.’
‘Was soccer a sign? I don’t think so, nearly all the girls had boyfriends, except for Greice and Kelli, and I didn’t have one because I was a puta, as they used to say, I hooked up with everybody.’
Reyah Martin’s ‘Wherever Mister Jensen Went’ is the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner from Canada and Europe.
‘She looks at her husband of fifty years, trussed up like a bewildered Christmas tree, all trailing streamers and twinkling lights, undecided about whether he is quick or dead.’
Innocent Chizaram Ilo’s ‘When a Woman Renounces Motherhood’ is the 2020 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize regional winner from Africa.
‘Sometimes, in the midst of one of our arguments, he would say to me sadly, I understand you more if I understand less.’
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