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Monday, November 25, 2019

Reader's Diary #2104- Kathryn Milam: Marlena Learns to Drive


I still remember studying the lyrics to Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" in my first year university English course and more specifically how the car symbolized an escape. It does for Marlena in Kathryn Milam's flash fiction "Marlena Learns to Drive" as well. It's not meant to be subtle though; Marlena knows darn well what getting her driver's license means.

Kicking the story up a notch though is the 70s backdrop. History tells us this was such an important time for women's liberation and that conjures up images of protests and bra burnings, but here we see its real, but no less important, effects in a quieter, everyday scene.

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