Saturday, November 28, 2015
Little Peach, by Peggy Kern
This short, tightly written, and utterly brutal story is as compelling as it is stomach churning. Michelle is a rough and crude character, and her behavior can be at times mystifying, but the story is told with such sympathy and insight that I felt drawn in the entire time. I wished for a more uplifting ending to provide some sort of catharsis, but Kern knows better than to sweeten a story where, as Michelle puts it, "there isn't a magic place for kids like us." Haunting and essential.