Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day One Hundred Five: "Conviviality" by Carol Zapata-Whelan


A young girl rides a train and contemplates the cultures of those around her. She listens to Spanish and to Californians acting as if their lives are of significance. It's almost as if this passenger is on some sort of existential journey without realizing it and when the story concludes, the train has stopped and the world is waiting for her.

Is it a social scene she is ready for or is it a social scene at all? Her identity is in question and she is okay with that. Otherwise, the reader doesn't see much else into her mind. I'm not sure I liked the ending because it felt a little too abrupt and left me with a lot of questions. However, the dialogue was authentic and it really moved the piece along. I'd read more of this author.

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