Friday, August 3, 2012

Day Two Hundred Sixteen: "Red from Green" by Maile Meloy


A young girl goes on weekend camping and fishing trips with her father and uncle while they prep witnesses for a big legal claim. The star witness is clearly taken with the teenage daughter of his attorney and as the story progresses, the reader gets a sense of how quickly one's innocence is shattered and how terrifying and tantalizing the prospect of losing that innocence can be for a girl at a certain age.

The conclusion to this very nicely written story is contemplative and yet realistic. There is no idealism to this. It is strangely a black and white sort of tale in its own way. The point: Some things you don't mess with. Some things really are too good to touch.

I loved this story. I won't be forgetting this one.

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