Anne Spollen introduced her short story, published today at RPD, with the following e-mail message:
This is a piece from a collection of essays/fiction I am working on that are thematically connected. Thanks for the read ~ Anne
If her note was simple and unassuming, that’s because her piece spoke for itself, and after reading it, I immediately knew I wanted to see more. If I had to explain “good writing,” one requirement would be that the author puts words to a feeling that is recognized, but has not been previously defined, by the reader. The way that Anne describes the giving away of possessions—”You were shedding; you understood the relief animals feel as their fur thins”—did exactly that for me. The perspective demonstrated in her work is not one we often see, and I look forward to seeing more.
- Alecia Eberhardt, Fiction Editor