Meredith R. Stoddard is a writer and fiber artist living in Central VA. She studied literature and folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer for 11 years. She now devotes her energy to fiction and creative non-fiction. When her hands are not holding a book or touching a keyboard they are likely knitting, spinning or felting. You can follow her adventures in fiction and fiber on her website.
on Dec. 17, 2011 :
This is a well crafted short story that speaks with the voices of it's period. It is rare that a reader can get invested in multiple characters so quickly and Ms. Stoddard draws you into the circumstances of each person's life with an ease that that keeps the pages turning until, sadly there are no pages left.
As a brief fictional glimpse into the life of an infamous figure of true history, her Blackbeard loses none of the terror associated with his name. It is the humanity of the people around him that lend this story it's charm. Still, it takes many good souls to counter-balance all the evil in one.
Well done and well worth reading slowly.
Ms. Stoddard's understanding of the short story form reminds me of an old favorite by Shirley Jackson.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)