Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day Thirty-Eight: "Trick or Treat" by Padgett Powell


A seemingly happy married woman plots to seduce her 12 year old lawn boy to shake up her life, to make up for the boredom that from the outside, makes her life work, makes it a success. The dialogue in this story between Mrs. Hollingsworth and little Jimmy is so much fun and you can see how situations like this begin, progress, and as the story concludes, you have a sense of where this untenable relationship will end.

It was a pretty risky move on Padgett Powell's part to write this story but it works and the ick factor is surprisingly minimal. A proposed criminal act occurring on the night of Halloween, a true "trick or treat" for the reader as we are left wondering if it will actually happen.

Nice Job!

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