Literary Fiction Short Stories

Ten Seconds – Lucian Lupescu

23 August 2019
Ten Seconds Book Cover Ten Seconds
Lucian Lupescu
Lulu Press, Inc
April 28, 2019

The ten loosely interconnected stories in this collection (nine flash fiction and one short story) focus on small moments of everyday life. Overall, the book tries to present, metaphorically, a human life, from birth to death.


Ten Seconds is a collection of ten Flash Fiction and Short Stories that grab moments of life that have meaning and emotional pull. The stories start at an occurrence of birth, journey through episodes of flash memories as a child, a teenager, an adult, married, in a career and end with the finality of death. The stories exhibit a pervading sense of loss and loneliness, even the birth story tells of losing the safety of the womb to a world where:

“The bright light almost blinds you. The extremely loud noises almost deafen you. There is confusion. Fear. And cold. So cold. 
You will not remember any of this, even though you will relive it again and again, until the end.”

Each piece gives us a glimpse into the mental state of the character and we often feel their detachment and resignation in accepting defeat, but that it is tolerable and some smaller aspects of life can still hold anticipation, like an encounter with someone.

The writing style is lyrical, punchy and creates wonderful images that bring incidents alive and leverage the personalities of a range of different characters. With the constraints of flash fiction writing, I was impressed by how the characters rendered so much meaning. There were times when the narrative didn’t just quite hit home, but each story held my attention and made me think. .

I would recommend reading this book and I would like to thank Lucian Lupescu for providing me with a free copy of his book in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

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