Monday, May 02, 2022

Reader's Diary #3005 - Tananarive Due: Like Daughter

 I'm sure we've all that those childhood friends whose lots in life were shittier than our own (perhaps some were blessed were better ones as well, but those are the focus here). There's a lot to be explored here from a thematic point of view and in Tananarive Due's short story "Like Daughter" she does just that. 

Having been made godmother of her friend's child, she's now been asked to take over guardianship as her friend isn't doing particularly well. There's a lot of responsibility and guilt that come into play. There's also a lot of heavy themes of the cyclical nature of parenting. All of this is great.

My one quibble is with the sci-fi element. Her friend's daughter is a clone, so she sort of feels like she's about to start raising her friend. It just didn't feel necessary except that the story was rewritten to get published on a sci-fi site.

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