Madeleine's Life, A Short Story

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
When Madeleine's father dies, her mother seems to lose her way. Madeleine may only be eight, but her maturity shines through in this brief look at a family after tragedy, told from Madeleine's point of view.

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About E. Miranda Hernandez

E. Miranda Hernandez has been writing fantasy, sci-fi, and literary fiction since grade school. Most recently, she earned a BA in Literature and Writing from the University of California at San Diego, whose excellent writing program prompted many of her short stories and helped her to develop the storyline of her upcoming two novels.

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Review by: LC Cooper on Dec. 6, 2010 :
Such a pathetically sad tale. Makes me want to hug Madeleine and her brother and tell them everything's going to turn out just fine - even though it will never be as good as before. Then, I'll kick the mother in her butt for lashing out at her children.

A sap for happy endings, I needed a ray of hope & sunshine, which I didn't get. Madeleine is so sweet. Well done developing her character. Would have liked to read more about the family's, especially Madeleine's, adjustment over time. I encourage you to develop the backstory leading to her father's death, as well as that of their ongoing adjustments. I think the whole picture would make for a very interesting "coming of age" story.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Nov. 17, 2010 :
A poignant story of family loss and adjustment.
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