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Monday, September 19, 2016

Reader's Diary #1382- Souvankham Thammavongsa: Ewwrrrkk


It's rare that I appreciate when a short story ends abruptly. Usually it feels like an excerpt, incomplete. In Souvankham Thammavongsa's "Ewwrrrkk," however, I don't mind it all and indeed it captures the feeling of the final scene perfectly. Plus, there's a bit of an air of mystery that not only leaves a reader feeling intrigued, but also contrasts with the brutally honesty of the earlier half of the story.

I'll try not to give too much away but it involves a girl being schooled on the birds and bees by her grandmother and later, by life itself. I quite enjoyed the grandmother character in particular who reminded me of a just a tad more blunt version of my own who, though old-fashioned and conservative in many ways, was nonetheless pretty open and forthright about certain biological and societal expectations.

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