“Minutiae” is a collection of short stories written by Ariadne Burke. These stories focus on the details of relationships and the emotions of different characters, from grieving parents to an abandoned child. More
“Minutiae” consists of three flash fiction stories that focus on a greater emotional understanding of humans in multiple different situations. But Ariadne never gives an on-the-nose description of a situation, and instead writes about the details of a conflict — the anxiety of a bipolar man checking out at a grocery store, the baby socks that a grieving father hides away, and the stuffed cat of an orphaned child.
By not describing a situation, Ariadne forces the audience to truly analyze the characters and read into what they say and feel, reaching a deeper level of emotion that they might not normally come upon. This collection aims to show that people are always more layered than they seem, and that humans always mean more than they say.
on July 24, 2016 :
I felt drawn into the character's emotions almost immediately. It really helped me to understand, at some level, the inner torment that people endure every day and of which we are totally unaware.
At first, I felt that there should be a more defined ending to the stories, but, then I decided that I would almost rather be able to imagine an ending - one that I personally would enjoy. My ending would bring Jesus into the picture to help calm the man suffering from psychosis and give him hope, to "adopt" the child about to encounter feeling alone and tell her "I will never leave you nor forsake you" and to bring healing to the parents who lost their child.
How is it possible to feel so much with so few words? That is the mark of a good storyteller.... Great job.