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Showing posts with label Brown. Show all posts

24 January, 2016

Audra Kerr Brown, "The Secret"

The Curious Issue, No. 14
I found this beautiful magazine, Popshot Magazine: The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing, and quite enjoyed Audra Kerr Brown's story, "The Secret." It was suspenseful and while I found myself hoping that "the secret" would be identified, I knew it wouldn't be. Just as secrets behave as though alive, with real power, behind the scenes in the same way the secret found in the back of the young narrator's parents' closet breaks up their marriage.

I happened to read Brown's story first as I rarely start at the beginning of a journal. I have no reason why. I'm excited to read more from this beautiful, slim volume of fiction and poetry. Most poems and stories are accompanied by an illustration.

09 October, 2010

Rosellen Brown, "How to Win"

photo by Jerry Bauer
"How to Win" was published first in The Massachusetts Review in 1973 and then was included in The Best American Short Stories, 1975. It's written in 1st person POV and present tense. A young mother has a problem child--he probably has Asperger's Syndrome or Autism--and the father doesn't see any problems as he goes off to work each day leaving the mother to chase and attempt to intercept Christopher and his violent, anti-social, and destructive behavior.The story seemed to go a bit long but it very successfully gave me a  claustrophobic and rushed feeling. And, by the end of the story, you feel the uncontrollable horror the small six-year old boy experiences.

LINKS:
Rosellen Brown's web page
Wikipedia page
Rosellen Brown Biography
interview with Brown