Monday, January 27, 2014

Reader's Diary #1087- Amanda Davis: Fat Ladies Floated in the Sky Like Balloons

I'm not entirely sure what to make of Amanda Davis's "Fat Ladies Floated in the Sky Like Balloons." On the surface it's about a woman who reconnects with her ex, who apparently makes people and objects float in his presence. How? Why? Why only certain objects? None of this is explained.

The first time it happened, I wasn't sure if I was supposed to take it literally. There are a lot of weird similes and metaphors in the story that seem to confuse the comparison rather than offer insight, and so I thought maybe the floating wasn't meant to be actually happening. It's symbolic of something, right? But then, maybe not. Magical realism, why do you always do this to me?

It's an interesting story alright.

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