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Short Stories 365/277 | N.S. Beranek

“Rise” by Reed Hearne from Glitterwolf: Issue four, 2013. Edited by Matt Cresswell.

My impulse is to say that I enjoyed this story, but the truth is that all throughout it I wanted to throttle the main character, Janet. She married a man who didn’t return her affections, became pregnant by him, and then left him for a milquetoast husband who kowtows to a bully who turns him against her son. The consequences, as you can well imagine, are dire. Oh yeah, I wanted to throttle her.

The author, though? Not so much. It’s a very well told tale. I was hooked right from the start.