This short story was an absolute gem. C. Jai Ferry’s dark writing took us into a relationship that was more than dysfunctional. It was toxic. It told the tale of a teenager who had come to live with her eccentric, cruel grandmother. As you are probably aware good first lines and first paragraphs are something I look for in books and Ferry hooked me from the start with her opening line which read, “My Grandmother wanted to kill me.”
The struggle between the child and grandmother was expertly captured from the teenagers perspective. It put you in the place and in the middle of the conflicts over fried eggs, halloween costumes and ballet. The ending was unexpected.
The back story to this story was also included in the book and I enjoyed reading that almost as much as I enjoyed reading the story. I was not surprised it had won a competition first prize and that it has since been made into a play that has been performed. I’d love to buy a copy of that as I have to do a play reading at toastmasters and this I think would be perfect.
Would I recommend this book – I certainly would and I look forward to reading more of C. Jai Ferry’s collections of short stories.