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The Chemist's House

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The short fiction in The Chemist’s House is very evocative and very colourful.

“A collection that pokes softly at the spaces between people: sister, brother, father, mother, neighbour, friend. Higgins’ stories reveal moments where small truths, and lies, dwell. Understated and quiet, these small fictions paint lives gently, but oh so colourfully.” Michelle Elvy


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Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 16th 2017 by V-Press
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Jo
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best flash fiction collections I've read. The Chemist's House homes in on what it's like to be a child. It's about friendship, sibling rivalry, student life in the hippy era, being a loving grandchild and losing one's parents, yet it's about so much more. There's a lovely, warm, nostalgic feel to the collection, yet between the lines there are overtones of jealousy, secrets and the darker side of life. ...more
Fiona Mackintosh
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely lovely collection of flash fictions linked by a clear-eyed girl narrator growing up in a Welsh town in the 1960s. Her parents run a pharmacy from the front of their house, and she helps her father in the dispensary “mixing ointment on a marble slab with a bendy spatula.”

The stories are full of unexpected details that illuminate a person in just a few words. “Mairwen Evans stood on the step outside, her bare neck raw with cold, a tweed hat pulled down over the damp waves of
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A different side of flash, drawing in close to some of the quieter sides of life, the individual moments that stay in our minds regardless of size. These all connect together to form a portrait of a life. The turn from little girl, sister, daughter, to young adult, to dealing with loss of parents. All beautiful. I particularly liked the shortest one of the collection, an encounter with a devil, the most danger packed into the shortest glimpse.
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A great debut of grounded, richly evoked flash fictions.
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