on April 21, 2012 :
These are deeply moving, artfully written stories. It must have been difficult to choose a "winner."
Alexandra Fox's "Cradle Song for Isobel" is certainly a piercingly structured story, its rhythms drawing you into its devastating heart.
I also loved Heather Casey's "Boogie," with its evocative imagery and compelling mysteries.
I think my favorite, though, is Susan Johnson's "As the Lean Tree Burst into Grief." It's devilishly funny, told from the first person voice of a marvelously clear-eyed woman who speaks to the reader plainly of her dilemma. I wanted to have a cup of tea and a great good laugh with her. She's a wonderfully original, yet ordinary, character. I loved spending time with her.
Terrific work here. Readers will want to choose their own "winners," and it won't be easy.
(review of free book)