Monday, September 27, 2010

On "The Trials" by Jedediah Berry (897 words) ****

Here's a story that's work on all cylinders. Berry takes an obsessiveness with the Salem witch trials, two twins, and model airplanes, and bullying and puts them all together, stacking them one on top of the other on top of the other, circling back to each until the job is complete. Trials become a kind of motif working throughout the piece, until that final line, when . . . I'm not saying. Go read it here at Fictionaut.

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