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03 October, 2010

Mary Swan, "Washington's Teeth"

This short story, "Washington's Teeth," is published in the fall 2010 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. It is written in present tense and with a 3rd person point of view but feels so close that it reads like an interior monologue. I felt like I was walking right beside the main character who is never named. Several times I chuckled with recognition as this older woman navigates the rapidly changing world of dentistry and eye examinations. I don't know anything about the author, Mary Swan, but wondered about her age because she so accurately portrays some of the feelings and recognitions that start happening in middle-age.

The theme seems to be the way in which periods of time, stages and events of our lives lead to something of significance but at the time, we don't realize it. Also, how we tend to have ideas and concepts settled without even realizing it or having examined those presuppositions.

Wikipedia, Mary Swan biography
Profile, Quill & Quire
Powell's Book Store review of Mary Swan's short story collection, The Deep: And Other Stories