Friday, May 01, 2015
The Year of the Rat, by Clare Furniss
It's a slow and deliberate story, tracing a year of grieving and recovery (and it doesn't even completely resolve). The scenes with the dead mother have the potential to drift into supernatural territory but they are played straight and the story, for the most part, leans towards realism. It is, however, more of reflective tone poem than a story. Not much happens and the story simply jumps forward from time to time and seemingly random points.