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Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.
Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
on Sep. 12, 2011 :
I think YA is an apt tag for this story. The concerns addressed within the tale very much embody those of younger ladies, questions of belonging and whether or not to follow the stream of the society of one's peers.
In some ways one can draw parallels to Howl's Moving Castle, or similar fiction wherein youth meets the magician locked away in a tower. Only, we aren't sure whether or not there is a magician per se, rather a magical place tucked far away out in the woods.
It's a good read, it's short and tight, well worth the price paid for it.
(reviewed long after purchase)