Kelly Link. The Summer People. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012)

Originally in : Steampunk!

A cracking little story, whose only drawback for me was the WTF moment when I turned a page to find there was only a half page left. I’m all for leaving the reader to make use of their own imagination, but it was so frustrating not to know the detail.

The story is set in a contemporary rural community, where a teen girl is struggling with a very, very nasty virus, and her alcoholic father leaves her to seek redemption at a religious meeting a long way away. Earning money by looking after and prepping the summer houses of the wealthy city-types, the girl has another house nearby which she helps out now and then, and which, through its strange inhabitants, help her out.

Not truly steampunk, more fantasy.

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