Sunday, December 25, 2011
Don't Feed The Bums, by Lisa Brackmann
Some stories grab you from the git-go. I love thinking "ok, a place on the best-of list is yours to lose." On the other hand, some stories seem just adequate, good enough to keep reading, and then sock you with a great ending. Brackmann's first published story is one of the latter.
Kari has a problem. Her life is divided into Before and After and what came between those two was a car accident that changed her life, destroyed parts of her memory, and altered her personality. She's adjusting to her new self, taking care of animals as wounded as she is, and sleeping with two men, one from each half of her life. Eventually Kari discovers that someone is plotting against her, and, well, "She wasn't what she used to be, but she wasn't stupid..." So, watch out.
Once the twists start coming Brackmann keeps them pounding up the beach at you, right to the last perfect sentence, which made me laugh out loud.