Friday, November 15, 2019

Evergreen, by M. Rickert

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Ghost Story) A middle-aged woman revisits her home town during the Christmas season looking for ghosts. (2,827 words; Time: 09m)

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"Evergreen," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.648 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: By late middle age, your world really is full of ghosts. They visit in your thoughts and dreams, and every now and then you do think you see one walking the streets. The narrator mourns a young man—perhaps her son—dead just since the spring, and she hopes for a glimpse of him. In the end, she realizes that even though you can’t have that, joy still remains in life.

Con: This story is barely genre; it’s quite easy to read all the ghosts are purely metaphorical.

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