Callum is Assistant Editor of The Cardiff Review and Lit Links columnist.

Callum McAllister

The Sad Part Was

Prabda Yoon

Each short story in this collection had me smiling by the end of it. Not because they were funny or heartwarming — although some were — or because I’m a compulsive smiler — I’m far from it — but because I could see how clever Prabda Yoon was. This isn’t always a good thing, in writing. If the point of a short story is “boy, that author is a clever one” rather than, well, whatever the point of the story could have been, then it is probably not a successful work. But each one was just so perfectly done, so profoundly well-executed, it was hard not to smile reading it.