Mini Review: My Purple Scented Novel by Ian McEwan

: My Purple Scented Novel: A Short Story
Author: Ian McEwan
Pages: 48
Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Source: Free ARC from Vintage

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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. 😉

6 Replies to “Mini Review: My Purple Scented Novel by Ian McEwan”

  1. I have recently had a renewed interest in short stories. I love the color purple–although I have no idea what it has to do with this story. This is the second review I have read today with a cover depicting a stack of books with the title on the books. Your review is enticing. I bought the book. 19 pages for $.99. 😀

    • Well, I hope you enjoy it! I love the color purple too. And if you don’t like, I find it hard to get upset about losing $.99. 🙂

    • Thanks! Short stories can serve as a great “interview” with an unfamiliar author, I think. Sort of like trying things on in the fitting room before committing? McEwan definitely went higher up my list of future reads.

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