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Fresh Apples

by Rachel Trezise

Down to earth, rather bleak short stories generally about young people, drugs and poverty in the Rhondda Valley.

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She was drinking blackcurrant, the plastic bottle to her mouth, the purple liquid inside it swishing back and fore. I asked her for some. I wouldn't normally - I'm shy, I'd lose my tongue, but my mouth was dry and scratchy from the sun. Yes, she said, but when I gave the bottle back she wiped the rim on the hem of her skirt like I had AIDS.

Parallels

Grits by Niall Griffiths
Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub by John Williams
Dubliners by James Joyce
 

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