Monday, October 12, 2015

A Residence for Friendless Ladies, by Alice Sola Kim

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A physically female high-schooler wants to transition to a man, but her grandmother sends her to a place that tries to make women into ladies. (8,038 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"A Residence for Friendless Ladies," by , appeared in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction issue 03-04|15, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The residence is suitably creepy. the writing flows well. The final paragraphs, in which the narrator has shaken off uncertainty and now considers himself wholly a man, are strong.

Con: The supernatural element seems to be completely superfluous to the story. The odd doors and the knock in the night don't seem to ever amount to anything at all.

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