Oh man, you guys. You need to go read “Désiré” by Megan Arkenberg, and you need to read it now.
The story was brought to my attention by a blog post on M. Bennardo’s site. Published over at Crossed Genres, “Désiré” is a story told through snippets of newspaper articles, interviews, and letters. It’s about war, and art, and re-inventing oneself after trauma. It’s beautiful, leanly written, and builds a beautiful world that’s full of rich detail.
M. Bennardo said it was one of his favorite stories he’s read in 2013, and I’m inclined to agree with him. I think it’s going to linger with me for a long time after reading.