“A Scent of Roses” by Catherine Lundoff So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction by Lethe Press (2009). Edited by Steve Berman.
I am in love with the language of this story. Every sentence is constructed of the most gorgeous words imaginable, often strung together in unexpected ways. The end effect is that delightful phrases leap off the page again and again. This was truly a joy to read.
It was especially so after the midway point. Up until then it wasn’t clear if the desire the main character, Janet, felt for the Faerie Queen was genuine, or if she’d been bewitched. I want stories about people struggling to achieve their true heart’s desire. It doesn’t matter if they fight external forces or internalized ones, so long as they are fighting for what honestly moves them. Until it was actually spelled out that there was no glamour to blame, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. Afterward, I was all in. I even cried at the end, but then I have a real problem with change, even when it’s ultimately for the better.