‘Signs of Our Redemption’ by Tara Conklin

Story Title: ‘Signs of Our Redemption’ by Tara Conklin
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 16 September 2010
Briefly: Josephine tells the story of the day that Missus Lu wanted to hitch up the horses and take her into town to buy a hat.
Afterthoughts: With all of this talk of hitching horses, and other troubling stuff such as working in the service of a master, there’s no doubt that this is period story, most probably set somewhere in the Deep South. It’s a good story, quite sad but very well written. And I almost give Seattle-based author, Sarah Conklin a full mark extra, solely for scripting her main character’s accent so well. I challenge anyone not to automatically start reading this one, in anything than a deep Southern drawl :).

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize website.

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