By Abigail Airuedowinya
Okay, this story was excellent. It had a very dark tone to it, and the overall feel to the way it’s written is almost gritty. This is definitely one of Airuedomwinya’s best work, if not my favorite.
Something that is so well portrayed in this story are the different cultures that are entwined throughout it. We have people from Nigeria, Uganda, and who knows where other people are from. The story features such good imagery and description of these characters, that the only way to really express them further would be to turn this story into a novel. Which Airuedomwinya should definitely do. The way everybody is described, it’s almost like you just automatically read their accents.
We’re introduced to the main character, Simi, who doesn’t remember much of her life, and she’s in this personal dilemma of if she even wants to. While we don’t get much of Simi’s life, it is certainly worth exploring. Airuedomwinya gives us little bits and pieces throughout the story in such an interesting way. Like, “Simi could not remember her sisters or her old secrets. And she did not cry at night because of it.” This is the way we get backstory on Simi, in these things the narrator knows but Simi doesn’t. It is implemented so well! But this leaves us wanting so much more. So much more of Simi’s life before her accident, and if she ever remembers her past. And if she does, does she like it or hate it? SO MANY QUESTIONS!
Airuedomwinya has delivered a powerful short story. I would rate No Waiting in Line 5 out of 5 stars. BOOM! This story is written so well, and it has so much potential. We have glimpses into Simi’s life that you can’t help but want to know more about. When you’re done reading the story, you’ll just be left wanting more.
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