DAVID FRANKEL: SINK RATE

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“Sunny 458”

This is one of those stories that grips you from beginning to end. About a woman as witness of a plane crash upon the sea near an island where she is staying for pleasure and business, and her backstory we gradually learn about. Anything I say about this story or its Angel Number above, will be a divergence. It simply needs to be read. I will quote bits from it below as glimpses of its reading experience. And I genuinely believe it is at least the sort of story that would deserve inclusion in any future hindsight version of THAT GLIMPSE OF TRUTH that I have been reviewing for some months HERE. The Risen Rate of this story’s Sink Rate as yet unknown. A taxi of “extravagance” to an airport taxi-way…

“The angled shadows […] and sweeping geometry…”

“Had she seen that little glimpse of paradise and imagined that things would be okay after all,…”

“A web of minor consequences and electronic impulses fan out across the globe, dissipating, becoming lost as they are swallowed by routine and business as usual.”

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My previous review of this author: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2022/01/20/return-by-david-frankel/

BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES context of above review: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2022/11/15/best-british-short-stories-2022/

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