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19 November, 2011

James Zwerneman, "Horse and Rider Thrown Into the Sea"

"Horse and Rider Thrown Into the Sea" takes place in Grenville in the Caribbean. Miz K and Winifred try their best to raise Lester and Jeremiah to be good and honest people. They are extremely poor monetarily but industrious and honest.

The title, "Horse and Rider Thrown Into the Sea," refers to a Christian song of praise. I see the white flying wood ants as a metaphor for the white people who "swarm" on poor countries to Christianize everyone. Indoctrination and exploitation are touched upon but the story is more about the two women staying friends and raising their sons in tandem.

The story is written in first-person point of view and divided into 13 numbered sections or scenes. This story is Zwerneman's first publication. 

LINKS:
One-Story site
UC Irvine newspaper article about Zwerneman and his winning of the Henfield Prize