On the Bitch
Paperback, 170 Pages
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Friends for over thirty years, Otto (and his wife Kendalynn) invite Hugh (and his girlfriend Magda) to spend a weekend away at their glamorous beach house. Fond memories are rekindled as drinks flow and confidences are shared. But the delicate balance is shattered by the unplanned arrival of Otto’s fiery daughter Valerie. Bitter rivalries quickly resurface and simmering tensions explode. Friendships are soon threatened, international relations strain to breaking point, and their fun-filled beachside getaway becomes a fuming, frenzied free-for-all! “A really addictive read. I wanted to spend more time with the characters and find out what happens next.” ~ Gill Hoffs, author of 'The Sinking of RMS Tayleur', 'The Lost Story of the William & Mary' and 'Wild: a collection' “Matt Potter’s writing possesses a delicate snark, an incisive wit that lifts even the commonplace into unique memorability.” ~ Guilie Castillo Oriard, author of 'It's About... More > the Dog'< Less
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Mar 27, 2018"On the Bitch" is an apt introduction to the popular genre novella-in-flash. Thirty-five stories follow five disparate characters over a weekend holiday. Each acts as a stand-alone piece, yet there are common threads through them all. The reader is dropped into narrator Hugh's world anew with each tale, and that is the nature of good flash fiction: start when you must, finish when you can. The characters are likeable because of their vulnerability. They are likeable because of their quirkiness. They are likeable for their unlikeableness. Even the table of contents entertains, with titles like "Dream", immediately followed by "Cream". The book is split into three sections, named simply Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Whilst there are some flashbacks to fill in the characters' backgrounds, most of the stories follow a chronological sequence, observing the dysfunctional permutations as the men and women snap and snarl at each other and occasionally have sex... More > with household appliances ... in the vicinity. Some of the work was inspired by prompts the author requested from fellow writers in 2012. This leads to delicious juxtapositions as seen in "Samoa", where Hugh tries to read a dull book while his partner attempts to seduce him: "...I did not care for Sybil's forgiveness. 'Hugh?' Under the sheet, a foot rubs my calf..." The stories in the mid-section have an additional depth, yet maintain the wry humour introduced in the earlier part. Magda, who hails from Germany, murders the English language, using words like "impoaster". We see Hugh become increasingly intolerant of her idiosyncrasies as their relationship disintegrates. Highlights for me include: On discussing the fact that pies are not part of German cuisine: "...If a German woman offers you a German pie, then she is an impoaster or the pie is an impoaster or both are impoasters..." (From "Dream".) "...I wasn't aware farting in your sleep was possible until, newly-arrived in Berlin, I started seeing a woman from Belarus who ate a lot of eggs..." (From "Lights Out".) "...'Never trust a hungry nun,' Magda says..." (From "The Apple of a Nun's Eye".) I haven't quoted from many, not so much to avoid 'spoilers', but because you need Potter's build up to appreciate the subtlety of the humour. He had me laughing out loud. A lot.< Less
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- Truth Serum Press & Matt Potter (Standard Copyright License)
- First edition
- Truth Serum Press
- March 21, 2018
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.68 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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