TALL TALES BY OBI ECHEZONA
Tall Tales is a collection of short stories that cover a diverse spectrum of experiences with emphasis on dark humour and exaggerations. The stories are full of humour, and bubbly with unforgettable characters. The first three stories (Query, Jekyll and Hyde and Monthly Performance Review) are based on the experiences of a banker as he carries out his daily duties.
Electric Pole highlights the bizarre ways life is lived and lost in contemporary Nigeria. Chronic Hunger is about the irony of life through the eyes of a starving 13 year old. New Money paints a picture of a dysfunctional society that blindly lusts after wealth regardless of its source. Child Abuse details a typical day in the life of a house girl but with a twist in the end. Sanitation Day is a satire of sorts. People have become one with filth with disastrous consequences. In The Dream, the protagonist has a vivid dream about an eccentric spinster and her mango tree. Just a Little Robbery is about three boys who decide to rob a mall, only for one of them to encounter unwanted consequences. In The lift, a young woman enters a car ride that rapidly becomes a life and death struggle with a lunatic. When John’s car broke down in an unknown terrain, the sight of one lonely house was more than welcome. However, he soon discovers that all is not as it seems in the Half Way House. In Weight Problems, things go from bad to worse for an obese lady keen on suicide. Farewell Party is set in the far future, where perfection is everything and flaws are not allowed.