Review of The Blotted Line

The Blotted Line
by Mehreen Ahmed

ISBN-10: 0979445159
ISBN-13: 978- 0979445156
First Published March 1, 2013
The Story Institute

The Blotted Line is a well written series of short stories that occur in different parts of the world.
All involve women and human material and emotional losses that are related to women’s place
in various cultures.

The Wager is a tale of a woman being traded in payment of a blood debt; a blood debt assumed
by the victim’s family, but never proven.

In Charade a game of ‘one-upmanship’ started by one of three friends to stir things up dissolves
into a cascade of lies and pretention.

In Eye-Opener, a woman makes up a web of lies to tie her to her friend in a web of self-pity.

In The Black Coat an artist becomes obsessed with an ideal even when he learns the reality is
nothing like his dream.

In The Anomalous Duo two life-long friends who love each other learn the stark cruelty of
cultural conflicts and their traditional families learn the pain caused by sticking to their
traditional values.

In Melodies Passé, a mature woman memories of living in her grandmother’s home before her
greedy relatives sold it to land developers to build an apartment building play like a movie in her

In Of Note, a mentally unbalanced young woman pins her life upon the promises of her
manipulating employer with disastrous results.

All of these tales are well written literary works that require significant emotional investment
with the characters. They would be most appealing to lovers of classical short stories and those
with a special interest in the social plight of women of various cultures throughout the world.

5- Stars
Clabe Polk

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