A review! Dun, dun, dun. Fortunately, it’s all good things from me. I had the chance to look through the first and second issue of the Kiss Me Hardy magazine, a literary journal based in Nelson. I’ve picked out two pieces to talk about today, and first up is the short story “In Paris” by Brigid Lowry. I’m a sucker for good visuals, and the feature image of an old stone monument caught my eye as I was browsing through the various entries on the Kiss Me Hardy website.
Speaking of, Brigid Lowry’s story can be found here: https://kissmehardy.co.nz/article/in-paris/
I was caught off-guard to find that Brigid’s piece was not, in fact, non-fiction. At first glance, I assumed it was a piece of travel writing or a memoir of her own experience visiting the country. A lot of genuine emotion was carried through her narrative and the piece features a range of realistic characters. The ending of the narrative hits you in the gut with an unexpected blow of bitter-sweet melancholy, but it’s written so well that you just have to appreciate the pain. Definitely a sign of an excellent story, right off the bat!
Brigid’s description of the hectic bustle of the city provides a vivid sense of imagery for the reader that flows smoothly throughout the piece, and the quarrels with hotel staff add an extra unique twist of understandable human nature. Her short story wonderfully encapsulates the pangs of homesickness all of us often feel travelling and staying in a place that seems eons away from home, and most of all, the unpredictable nature of our lives.