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Monday, February 08, 2021

Reader's Diary #2169 - Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn: What's For Sale

 Any short story naysayers who still complain that they don't provide enough space to richly develop characters, setting, and so on should read Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn's "What's For Sale." Honestly, I felt as rewarded as if I'd just read a novel.

Set in Jamaica and revolving around a tourist market vendor named Delores, Dennis-Benn slowly building up the empathy for her until boom, there's a sucker punch to the gut. I won't say more on that. It's not, though, I should say a suprise ending sort of story, not that there's anything wrong with those. Instead it's a rich story about desperation and poverty and family.

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