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2014 Story 88

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

88. COME AWAY TO THE WATER by Shay Darrach  The ocean has an inexorable pull, as does the weight of tradition. Shay Darrach gives a fantasy push to both of these weights, forcing main character Cass and her family to deal not only with a heavy ocean storm but also expectations.  The characters of both Cass and her mother Andrea are fully realized, familiar. Much of the story is spent in Cass' head and in Andrea's memories, tying the ocean and family history and traditional bedtime blessings ("you no die by water...") into a smartly-written, deeply emotional whole that pulls the theme of this anthology into sharp focus.  I loved this one.

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