Monday, November 23, 2015

River, Clap Your Hands, by Sheree R. Thomas

★★★☆☆ Average

The narrator, a survivor of a hurricane-induced flood, mourns her lost baby and feels that the water is calling to her somehow. (3,000 words; Time: 10m)

"River, Clap Your Hands," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Ava gradually realizes that she is meant to be a mermaid, not a human being, and swims away at the end. The story talks about her gills, her child that might not have died at all, her ancestors who came from the water.

Con: It's rather dull, all in all, and none of the interesting questions really gets answered. Did the baby live? Were her ancestors merfolk? It doesn't help that Ava is such a sad, pitiful character that although we feel sorry for her, we don't feel any joy for her either.

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