K. Tempest Bradford, “Black Feather,” Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss (IAF, 2007)
At first, I wasn’t really sure about this story. I didn’t know entirely what it was trying to say. It was perfectly interstitial, though: was it nonfiction? was it a re-imagined fairytale? was it a dream story? was it magical realism?
However, the story is a river: it fetches you in with intriguing shallows, soft eddies of water, refracting light as it swirls over half-obscured and winking stones. And then, once you’ve waded out so far, a strong current seizes you and pulls you under into terror and wonder and understanding.
In the end, the story had me. And it was good.
This review was originally published at my blog on July 14th, 2007, and later migrated over to the website.