Monday, May 28, 2012

Reader's Diary #832- Laura Boudreau: The Meteorite Hunter

After armchair travels to Scotland, Norway, and South Africa in recent weeks, I decided that for this week's Short Story Monday I'd stay home. Author Laura Boudreau is Canadian (though currently living in England).

Recently I read someone remarking on her blog that she didn't like reading about kids in peril. Several of us agreed, remarking that since becoming parents it's increasingly difficult to do so. Though today's story reminded me that non-parents can certainly empathize and share in the uneasiness. "The Meteorite Hunter" begins with a tense scene in a maternity room that instantly made me remember an old E.R. episode. Back in '94 I was in nursing school, 17 years old and fresh out of high school. Like all the nursing students, probably the world over, all of us living in residence were glued to the communal TV set on Thursday nights to watch the newest medical drama. In an episode entitled "Love's Labour Lost" a woman giving birth encounters escalating and life-threatening complications. Despite my age and my gender, I remember watching enthralled, but sick to my stomach. While the scene in "The Meteorite Hunter" is nowhere near as intense as that, and is mercifully shorter, it was reminiscent enough of the E.R. episode to serve as a reminder that even non-parents can relate to human drama.

Then the mood of the story takes a bit of a weird arc. The intensity established at the beginning is seemingly replaced with a more character driven plot. It's still engaging, but a reader's heartbeat would no doubt be returning to normal. And then...

Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself.

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1 comment:

Teddy Rose said...

I'm intrigued, I will have to read it. I use to watch ER but I don't think I started watching until 95 or so.

I reviewed Linguring Tides: