Tuesday, October 9, 2018

With Lips Sewn Shut, by Kristi DeMeester

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dark Fantasy) In a world when most women have their mouths stitched shut, a poor family stitches their boys’ mouths too so they can make more lace to sell. (4,200 words; Time: 14m)

"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 113, published on .

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Review: 2018.548 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The narrator makes good her escape and starts a new life somewhere safe.

Con: It makes zero sense that anyone needs his or her mouth sewed shut. And how would they eat? This gimmick is key to the story’s message, of course, but it's painfully obvious.

Beyond that, her brothers are cardboard villains: they’re evil just because they’re evil. And the protagonist really does very little to earn her escape; her mom did most of the work.

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