Title: My Purple Scented Novel: A Short Story
Author: Ian McEwan
Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Source: Free ARC from Vintage
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Vintage via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Goodreads Summary: “A jewel of a book: a brand new short story from the author of Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.”
Review: My first taste of Ian McEwan, and I definitely want more! Given the right toolset, an author can do a lot with a short story, and in the short 16 minutes it took to read this, I traversed a friendship that had begun in college and spanned a lifetime, two writing careers and two lives that went in different directions, and saw firsthand how easily a person can be infected by a desire for success, how quickly that desire can translate into betrayal.
McEwan clearly knows how to tell a story, and as it’s a short one, there is no reason at all not to read it. 😉