Monday, August 11, 2014

Reader's Diary #1149- Maile Meloy: The Proxy Marriage

It was only recently that I discovered that Colin Meloy of the Decemberists was also an author. In hindsight, I should have known. In "the Engine Driver" he even sings, "I am a writer, writer of fictions." So, I went to find one of his short stories online and made yet another discovery: his sister is also an accomplished writer. And I'm so glad to have made said discovery because if her "The Proxy Marriage" is any indication, I am in love (with her writing, of course).

Perhaps love is on my brain, as "The Proxy Marriage" is quite a beautiful love story. It's a simple story at its heart, with a familiar plot of unrequited love. Though on the surface, there was a very unfamiliar tale of soldiers and their spouses getting married by proxy. I must admit, it's that fascinating detail that got me hooked.

It's brilliantly written, with Wiliam, the protagonist maturing as the story progresses, so believable, and in such a short space. Some novels don't achieve this.

And I so appreciate a smart romance. Romance, of all the genres, gets such a bad rap. People think it's cheesy or complain when it feels tacked on. It can be both of these things, of course, but it doesn't need to be. People still fall in love in real life. Nothing dumb about that. It's just beautiful.

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