Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holly Wilson _The Lonely_ Narrative Magazine

How happy I was to see a fellow Wichita State MFA-er, Holly Wilson, publishing a novel excerpt (The Lonely) in Narrative

Wilson's excerpt gives a first-person POV addressing the reader, foreshadowing the arc of the prose here. It's 1992, the morning of the first snow of the year, and "a little white girl" is on her way to track down her penpal, Demarcus, in Chicago.

Wilson's prose is fun, with syntax and diction conveying character. Her prose always casts that dreamlike feeling of walking and feeling through the story, of leaving this world for the fictive dream, mostly because images (gestures and descriptions, as well as dialog and thoughts) are conveyed efficiently and powerfully.

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