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Monday, February 01, 2021

Reader's Diary #2166 - Dan Powell: The Ideal Husband Exhibition

 Dan Powell's "The Ideal Husband Exhibition" is a story about unrequited love between a lesbian and her straight friend. 

The story is told as a letter of confession, and so, it's in the 2nd person (the reader is the straight friend). If you're new to my blog, 2nd person is a weakness of mine, so it already had that going for it.

It's also set up a bit as a twist ending, except the ending is so obvious. I don't know if that's intentional or not. She talks about coming out to her parents when she was younger and they were completely not shocked. So perhaps we're supposed to have a similar reaction. On the other hand, when she first came out to her friend years ago, her friend was surprised, So maybe she'd be completely oblivious about her friend's true feelings as well.

It's a well paced story with a great voice.

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