A couple Saturdays ago, on the way back from New Orleans, my family and I had the good fortune of spending time with Barbara Bruederlin, blogger and friend extraordinaire. We first met online about 5 years ago, finally met up in person in '09 (when the picture to the left was taken), and this summer Barbara and her husband are planning to visit us here in Yellowknife. They haven't admitted to that last part yet, but they will.
Asides from her blog, I didn't know Barbara was a writer until recently. Writing mostly nonfiction articles for music magazines, last week Barbara turned her sights on fiction. I'm always nervous when reading stuff by people I'm acquainted with. What if I don't like it? What if I can't keep my mouth shut?
And yet once again, I needn't have worried. (Why can't my friends' talents rub off on me? I need to befriend some losers so I can feel less inadequate.)
"Buona Sera, Kiss Me Goodnight" is a delightfully sinister piece of writing. But then, what would you expect from a woman who has chosen "Bad Tempered Zombie" has her blogger name? The title, if you can't place it, is from the song "Buono Sera," a song covered by more than a few artists, but most likely chosen by Barb because of the Louis Prima version. One of the lyrics goes, "by the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger/ while I buy a wedding ring for your finger." And that gives a little clue as to what the story is about.
"Buona Sera, Kiss Me Goodnight" is a flash fiction piece, paced superbly with revelations being doled out in every paragraph, and told in a wicked voice. More, more!
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