• Bitter by Lara Matar
Bitter by Lara Matar

Bitter by Lara Matar


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Over the course of 2018, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at the Story Factory. Their goal was to produce not just a fistful of poems, or a story, or a script, but a fully realised novella. The volunteers working with our budding novelists were there not so much as tutors but as mentors and peers, offering help and support while writing a novella of their own. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops.

Lara Matar is 16 years old.

Print ISBN: 978-0-6482438-7-8


“You don’t believe in love? That’s stupid.”

“What do you mean stupid?”

“Idiotic, dumb, silly. Stupid. Love isn’t romantic. You feel love when you look at your family; when you look at your friends, not just some piece of ass. Romantic love stupid – you can’t say that you haven’t felt it when I hear you talk about your family.”

“C’mon, Jem, you know that that isn’t the love I’m talking about. I mean within rel—"

“Then how would you define love?”


Jihun Kim’s goal at the coffee house was to finish his work. Mina Masadopa’s goal, apparently, was to piss him off.