The Death and Life of Mrs Parker

To be published by Ad Hoc Fiction in September 2021

Shortlisted: Bath 2021 Novella-in-Flash Award

The Death and Life of Mrs Parker

“A theory expounded by Heidegger is that time is a series of ‘nows’, each one always already the subject of a flash of experience, and all hurtling towards the finitude that defines experience.”

When Mrs Parker begins to feel most peculiar, an ambulance is called and the paramedics set to work, she wonders if that will be the end of her, there at The Oriental Dragon surrounded by strangers forking up their fried rice specials.  As her life hangs in the balance, she considers her heart and relives some of the ‘nows’ of a life richly lived and almost always taken for granted.

Judge Michelle Elvy said:

“Set in the structure the title suggests, this novella brings the reader into the moment of Mrs Parker’s demise and then, with swift moves and snappy dialogue, takes us through her life (moments both special and mundane), all while the ambulance lights flare and the compressions are counted.  A life lived, a life revived, a life lost: there are many wonderful moments in this clever set of stories.”

Jude Higgins said: “We love the novella-in-flash ‘genre’ at Bath Flash Fiction Award, and are so pleased that Ad Hoc Fiction is able to publish the entire short list of ten novellas this year. Many congratulations to all authors: our first prize winner, David Swann; our two runners up, Tom O’Brien and Al Kratz; the two highly commended Hannah Sutherland and Sudha Balagopal and the five shortlisted authors; Michelle Christophorou, Debra Daniel, Tracy Fells, Jupiter Jones and Ali McGrane.     . . . the books all be available from Ad Hoc Fiction in paperback and from Amazon worldwide in paperback and digital versions by the end of this year or early next year.”

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