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Monday, November 20, 2017

Reader's Diary #1671 - Mensje van Keulen: Sand


(This is a pre-scheduled post to appeared while I am vacationing in Curacao.)

I absolutely loved the way Mensje van Keulen's "Sand" unfolded. It begins as a bit of a character study of a married couple having a disagreement. The husband throws out what should be a frivolous comment but the wife attacks it. Initially she comes across as shrill and unreasonable, but then as details emerge, the wife is granted more complexity allowing readers the opportunity to be more empathetic.

And then the story takes a 90 degree turn and goes off in a wholly unexpected area. I won't give too much of a trigger warning except to say that where it goes is very disturbing.

That said, I loved the writing.

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