Monday, August 17, 2015

Reader's Diary #1184- S. L. Green: Cartwheels


S. L. Green's "Cartwheels" is an unusually frank look at postpartum depression. It does a surprisingly good job of exploring such a heavy topic in such a short piece, providing the mother with enough complexity to evoke empathy. It doesn't succumb to preachiness or overly literary language, but gives just enough insight into the character's thinking. Sparse and judicious imagery gives the domestic scene just enough authenticity.

A favourite sentence of mine, not really related to the plot at all: A car pulls into the driveway: Erik. I don't know why I was so attracted to this line but it got me thinking about the weird way writers can pull off the third person/ limited narrator. The story is told about the main character, Sheila, and yet the construction of that particular sentence mimics her thought process. The story flows almost seamlessly in and out of her head, we're watching her and we are her, creating the opportunity for empathy but still leaving the decision up to us. Brilliant.

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