Melanie Grabowski


Melanie Grabowski is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Writing) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Her short stories, On The Rocks, and The Truth Is, were shortlisted for The Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition 2014 with the latter receiving third prize. Her inspiration for writing lies in the emotion found in everyday human stories, particularly from the perspectives of those who struggle to be heard.


Lessons in Eating Soup
Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.85 from 13 reviews)
Michal is a young boy longing to be reconnected with his father who escaped Poland during the communist 1980's. This short story explores the innocence of childhood set against a bleak and frightening environment. It also offers a glimpse into cultural identity, how it can encompass the simplest of things, things that are often lost or left behind in the process of moving on.

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Smashwords book reviews by Melanie Grabowski

  • Brushstrokes on May 27, 2014

    Wow Wendy, what a beautiful story. The voice of the main character took me in straight away and I was with her from beginning to end, in art class, by the river, in the street with poor Rosie. Stunning imagery with the colours of the paints and the land by the river. A superb insight. We all know it's there, but sadly most of us forget to look. Thank you for writing it.
  • Potatoes to Gold on May 27, 2014

    This story is beautifully written with stunning imagery throughout. Cathleen Sophia's voice goes straight to my heart and the 'Irishisms' of Granny are so authentic! This story is heart-warming; uplifting' nostalgic; funny and sad, all at the same time! I love it.
  • Mystery Box on May 28, 2014

    A delightful story that takes me straight back to my Home Economics class, although mine wasn't nearly as much fun! An enjoyable read for everyone, this story has me giggling as much as my 8 year old every time I read it!
  • Looking for Bianca: a short story on May 28, 2014

    Looking for Bianca is an emotional journey of sisterly love and friendship, and the struggle to deal with the heavy emptiness of grief after loss.
  • Drowning on the Inca Trail on June 07, 2014
    (no rating)
    A fantastic story of adventure. I could smell the bacon of the German Camp; taste the stale bread; hear the squelch of the mud and feel the misery as well as the elation. I won't spoil the ending but I'd love to know about that cargo boat!
  • Mama was a Sweeper on June 07, 2014

    Mama was a Sweeper is heartbreaking. A beautifully written story.
  • The Pirate on June 10, 2014

    I loved this story! The beautiful writing style, the imagery, the dialogue, the characters - it made me want to curl up with a box of chocolates and read all day!