‘Mapp and Lucia’ with a smidgeon of SF thrown in.
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A good read from an author new to me, although Wexler has published several novels.
The illustration to this story by Vince Haig shows a young woman in a smart brocade evening gown with an enormous mushroom growing from her head (in an attractive sort of way) and he’s pretty true to the story.
Arkenberg concludes her trio of stories with another look at the impact of an acid raid apocalypse – both on the city of San Francisco, and someone recently moved there.
Kress brings her trio of stories, and this trilogy/triptych to a satisfactory conclusion.
Sometimes I read a story and all the way through I feel I’ve missed something important, or need to be reading it from a slightly different perspective
As with many stories of this ilk, it’s fine enough, but I’d rather this story was the first third of a story, setting up two final thirds that really kick some ass.
An unlikeable protagonist goes on a journey to seek her son who has strayed – and a story that goes onto the Best SF Short Story Award 2015 shortlist.