Been a while.
I enjoyed this. It was touching without being Mawkish. I disagree with the last reviewer's comments about the broken home. At risk of saying the unthinkable (or unsayable) that kind of literary short-hand is completely acceptable.There are a lot more broken homes than there used to be - maybe that's a good thing sometimes.
I have to say I've gone completly the other way to this with my writing and reading material like this makes me nervous. This is written with a lot of detail and a lot of attention to the psychological reality of the protagonist. From the contents of her purse to the choice of drinks in the bar, everything was carefully selected to portray character. You took your time to establish the world and delivered a short, adult piece of writing.
When I say this makes me nervous, is that I have a slightly more pessimistic view of the way books are going these days. A quick look at the Kindle best-sellers and the obvious trend is for incredible (unbelievable) plots, thin characters and fast paced action. Which this isn't. I'm aiming to write that kind of junk - because part of me loves junk. This isn't junk.
I don't know if you're ever conflicted about what kind of thing to write.
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