Trysting review: Snapshots of relationships’ myriad faces

Emmanuelle Pagano’s latest book brings readers on rollercoaster of love’s highs and lows

Emmanuelle Pagano: the tenderness of love comes through in stories

Emmanuelle Pagano: the tenderness of love comes through in stories

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Ernest Hemingway’s fabled micro-story, allegedly the result of a $10 bet over lunch that he could write a novel in six words, pares a tragedy to its bare bones. What the American author shows with his elliptical brilliance is that whole worlds and lives and futures, or lack thereof, can be condensed into a sentence.

The French writer Emmanuelle Pagano’s latest book Trysting sets out to do likewise on the topic of relationships. A series of vignettes charting moments of emotional truth, it brings the reader on a rollercoaster ride of the highs and lows of love. The micro-stories – sometimes a line, sometimes a page or two – read like prose poems, as unnamed individuals unite, prevail or part.

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