“A Hole in the Pavement” is so sweetly romantic with a magical realism that readers can actually identify with, for no matter how “superhuman” the characters’ experiences might be, it’s really a tale of the very human vulnerabilities within–and interactions between–us all. Definitely one of my favorite stories in Newland’s A Matter of Perception anthology.” Raven.
“This is a delightful short story – I had immediate empathy with the two characters. How often do we take risks relating to others?”
“This is magical realism at a seemingly simple and yet powerful level. And it’s all in the characters and the use of language. Their feelings are ‘golden’, ‘brilliant’. Magnolia leaves carpet the ground, but the hole contains sticky-looking mud. The ‘thunder-thighed’ woman has eyes with ‘endless depths’, the shy, tongue-tied man becomes a rescuing knight. And it seems that the holes were never there at all.” W.J.S. Kirton.