WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
I hate to say it, but from the very beginning in the maternity ward the baby, Lula Ann, embarrassed me. Her birth skin was pale like all babies’, even African ones, but it changed fast. I thought I was going crazy when she turned blue-black right before my eyes. I know I went crazy for a minute, because—just for a few seconds—I held a blanket over her face and pressed. But I couldn’t do that, no matter how much I wished she hadn’t been born with that terrible color.
let’s see if goodreads is MONSTER enough to delete a toni morrison short story in the year of her passing. don’t be a monster, goodreads. toni morrison’s ghost will find you. remember what Sula did to me? (reminder) this will be worse, i promise you.
my assumption is that this short story is really just an excerpt from God Help the Child, so my feeling that there isn’t much to it can easily be remedied by going out and reading the whole novel. and someday i shall. not tonight, because i have a post-holiday fever exacerbated by end-of-year depression i am self-medicating with candy and cocoa.
eventually i will go back to reviewing ‘properly.’ but at least i’m still READING! get yourself some free toni morrison.
read it for yourself here: