09 December, 2012
What is so great about this story is the way in which Alethea Black portrays this young woman's insecurities and the way Hannah and Tom deal with those fears. And, the story is fun in that Hannah decides upon the perfect gift for Tom which may be most men's, urban myth or not, favorite fantasy. It's not gratuitous sex, well actually, there is no sex, per se.
It is written in 3rd person shifting point of view. It was first published in the magazine Inkwell in which it won a prize in 2007 for which Joan Silber was the judge.
Alethea Black's website
interview with Alethea Black at The Story Prize
10 questions, Star Tribune, Duluth, Laurie Hertzel
Inkwell Journal, website