31 July 2011

The Quiet Man by Okechukwu Otukwu

It came as no small shock to me when I opened the Daily Sensor one day and saw the picture of my neighbour staring at me with the caption of missing person. The picture was in colour and all the details of that dour face with its intense eyes, rather prominent nose and heavy lips — things that I never actually noticed before — were sharply vivid. It occurred to me then that in the six months that I had known the man I never properly looked at him.

This story has been selected for the annual StoryTime anthology African Roar 2012, please go to the African Roar site for more info.

The Quiet Man was written by Okechukwu Otukwu.

Copyright © Okechukwu Otukwu 2011.

Okechukwu Otukwu is a Nigerian fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Down in the Dirt and the Timber Creek Review. He is a graduate in Law, currently working on his first novel, and resides in Calabar, Nigeria.


Unknown said...

Good story,I like predicting stories as to how they will always end and when it turns out to contradict what I predict,I just so much love the story and this story just did that. It is craftily written with the simplest yet the most vivid and beautiful form of language. It's a piece well-handled by a master story teller.

okechukwu otukwu said...

Namsy, thank you very much for the praise. I am happy that you enjoyed the story and you can also check out my other story published at the same time as this one on this link: http://ghll.truman.edu/ghll22/GHLL%20XXII%20fiction/Okechukwu%20The%20Cousin%20from%20Abroad.html

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