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27 March, 2014

Laura Spence-Ash, "The Remains"

Wow. What a great story. "The Remains" is the first published story by Laura Spence-Ash. The story is 22 pages long, divided into five sections each from a different point of view.

There's no way someone would read the first line and not continue. "Sergeant Bill Marshall was the one who found her white bones in a fetal position, nestled inside a tweed coat and a red woolen hat."

A woman has died and most people around her just assume that she went away. She'd been judged negatively, somewhat, by her neighbors and co-workers. Her story is only uncovered gradually after her death and finally through her ex-husband. I don't want to give away the mystery of the story but even if you know the outcome, the story is so beautifully crafted that you'd want to read it again and again.

One Story is offering an online course, Become Your Own Best Editor, and are using "The Remains" as an example. And there is an interview with the author at the One Story web page.

interview with the author
online course description (oops, course enrollment is closed and course almost over)