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2013 Story 134

Cleaning house a bit tonight, I found one issue of The New Yorker sitting around, with a Tessa Hadley story in it.

134. CLEVER GIRL by Tessa Hadley, from the June 6, 20122 issue of The New Yorker.  It's been quite a while since I've read a story from The New Yorker, and even longer since I've read anything by Tessa Hadley. This story, of a young girl forced to move with her mom and step-father to a rural/newly-suburban community and face changes at home and in school, strikes me as classic Hadley: young female focal character with a strong voice, not very affluent surroundings, and an internal realization sparked by an external, but not necessarily large, event.  I enjoyed 99% of this story: the girl's voice, her recognition that things change and people change, the series of small events that lead to her self-realization/actualization, and most especially the little "tree worshipping 'cult'" she starts with her new neighbor/friend.  That last is a nice touch that lingers through the story and puts a fine point on the nature of imagination but also of relationships with peers. Someone has to take the lead / be the top dog, and it is the only relationship in which the narrator can take that role.  The 1% or less that I didn't like? The final several lines, which felt to me unnecessary and almost "smack the reader over the head with the point of the story," something I'm not accustomed to from Hadley.

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