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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Literary fiction and readability do not always come together successfully, but in 15 Minutes Erinna Mettler cleverly ensures that they do. The twenty-two diverse stories have a common and very appealing theme: the modern-day fascination celebrities command in the vast majority of people. However, the stories in 15 Minutes are not a rehash of celebrity dramas; they recount the effect events, and famous individuals, had on an assortment of very ordinary people and therein lies their fascination. Skillfully drawn characters seem to jump off the page and live: they could be your neighbour, a friend, or even a sibling. Erinna Mettler’s Andy Warhol quote, “in the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes” takes on a deeper meaning than perhaps he intended.
Erinna Mettler's 15 Minutes is not a title to be taken too literally. Each story takes longer than that to read, and longer still to assimilate; they are as thought-provoking as they are different. Every reader will have their favourites, but I confess that though I was enchanted by them all, especially “What Me an’ Pa Saw in the Meadow” and “How Malcolm Malone Became the First Punk in Pontefract,” the one I turned back to was “Sourdough.” The killing of John Lennon shocked the world, but was his legacy love and peace? Look through a tramp’s eyes at the streets of Manhattan in the December of 1980 and decide. In 15 Minutes, a true five-star collection of tales, Erinna Mettler challenges her readers to wonder if the world is quite what it seems.