Monday, April 8, 2019
Dora, by Zöe Beck
Big typo corrected. Apologies.
This is the second appearance here by Beck.
Take a look at her. Even if it's hard.
You won't want to look at her because she stinks and is filthy from head to toe. You think you know what you'll see but take a look anyway.
That's how the story starts. It seems like a bit of sociological fiction, an analysis of a mentally ill homeless person. But there's a lot more going on here.
The narrator is Dora's brother. He explains in detail how his sister's life has slowly derailed and the damage it has done to the whole family.
And then, well, things happen. Linda Landrigan, editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, once said, as I recall, that she likes stories that turn out to be something different than they appear. I suppose that is almost but not identical to a twist ending. Read "Dora" for an excellent example.