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06 June, 2016

Michael Minchin, "In the Bodies of Beautiful Fish"

I loved the descriptions of working in a fish cannery. Well, the work sounds like hell but the descriptions were great. "...messy from the machines that cannot slice the fins neatly enough or strip the pink membrane from the cavity with the delicate swipe of a blade."

Quinn is nineteen and has fallen in love with a thirty-five year old woman with a ten-year old son. Of course, it's not going to work out and he'll have to go back to Maine but he's determined to stay in Alaska. The story is written in present tense and third-person POV with no shifting, that I detected.

"In the Bodies of Beautiful Fish" was published in the first issue of Mud Season Review, 2014. I have a hard copy of the journal but you can read it online here.