Thursday, September 12, 2019

The White Cat's Divorce, by Kelly Link

[F&SF]
★★★★☆ Gently humorous but with a bite

(Modern Fairy Tale) A wealthy man sends his three sons on a quest to find him the perfect dog, although he really just wants them out of the house. (9,664 words; Time: 32m)

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Not Hugo eligible because it originally appeared in the catalog for the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s 2018 exhibit "Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World"

"The White Cat's Divorce," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.513 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: A very modern fairy tale with a very traditional structure. The three sons go on three quests. The faithless rich man fails to appreciate their gifts and reneges on his promises every time. His last act of betrayal costs him his sons and, eventually, his life.

There’s plenty of gentle humor here. Favorite line:
He did not feel as if the rich man had stolen the love of his life. But he did feel as if his father had stolen his cat.
The conclusion, of course, is far from humorous, but, hey, this is a fairy tale.

Con: The ending—after the decapitation—is a bit of a letdown. What ever happened to all those dogs? And who did inherit all the money?

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