Book Reviews

Review: A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Newland

A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Meal and 3/5.

Every morning, Norris watches his goddess walk to the bus stop in front of him, the gap between them far wider than the physical distance. This morning, she stumbles. He wants to run and help her, but finds himself stuck in a metaphorical hole that appeared along with his self doubt. By the time he gets out, she’s long gone. He vows that if it happens again, he won’t hesitate, but when she falls the next day, he has more than his own hole to deal with. Can he find his heroic self before she walks away?


This short is a blend of metaphor and literal. The holes the characters fall in are those of low self esteem, anxiety etc. They help each other to ‘climb’ out.

In places the narrative was a little repetitive, and I couldn’t read it (even understanding the metaphor) without thinking, ‘ why aren’t the council filling in those bloody holes?’

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J. Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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