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2014 Story 75

From Fierce Family, edited by Bart R. Leib and published by Crossed Genres

75. DINKLEY'S ICE CREAM by Effie Seiberg   Every time I hear an ice cream truck's bells and music, part of me is back in Lake Secor, NY waiting for that truck to come up our dusty dirt road so I could buy a sno cone or a creamsicle pop. So I had no problem accepting the speculative element of Seiberg's story: a traveling fair's ice cream booth provides ice cream that brings hidden childhood memories to the fore.  And in fact, the story brought up the intended sense of nostalgia, of "do you even remember who you were back then," to quote the band Paradise Fears. The fantasy of the story works very well within the otherwise modern, mundane world setting. Seiberg's first person narrator takes her four year old to the fair despite family budget concerns and having to switch waitressing shifts at the local diner, and the author deftly works those conflicting concerns (money vs. child's happiness; nostalgia vs. the present) throughout the story.  This is a really solid kick-off story for the Fierce Family anthology.

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