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“Weaving the Dark” by Laurie King
Card picked: Queen of Clubs, appropriate for one of this anthology’s few female writers.
From: Trilling Tales, edited by Michael Chabon
Thoughts: In the midst of a lot of very popular YA fiction, I occasionally lament the lack of middle-age stories. I want tales of characters with pasts full of the mistakes made when they were young and, instead of the absent parent, the very present in-laws or the aging parents. Sadly, I suppose this might make for “depressing” fiction… Or not.
Suze has been an adventurer all her life, dealing with all life’s difficulties by leaving the situation for one that’s more dangerous, more emotionally charged. When recently out of an abusive relationship, Suze went backpacking around the world. Faced by the death of her mother, Suze took up skydiving. Unfortunately, now 48 and struggling with glaucoma and her lover’s stroke, Suze has been hobbled. She has to rely on the Christian charity of young Courtney to visit Janna in the hospital and to do most of the shopping and cleaning.
But Suze isn’t entirely useless. She weaves, and while all her rugs and hangings are now monochromatic, they are intricate in their textures. And Suze also decides to solve the mystery of the digging she hears in the woods outside her house at night. That’s were this story turns, not to the “inspirational,” but to the “everything is going to be okay.” Suze, despite everything, can still get things done.
King excels at using description that avoid sight. She also conveys the situations that Suze is confused by as well as the one’s she’s comfortable in. I did feel like Suze’s background had been bolstered to make her current actions more reasonable. I’m not sure if that makes sense from a reader point of view… Writers often go back to add details, but the trick is to make it seem like those details were there all along. Some of Suze’s adventures felt more like credentials.
About the Author: I knew the name was familiar, but I couldn’t place it and I knew I hadn’t read anything by Laurie King previously. Ms. King is the author of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries which have been on my will-eventually-read-some-day list.
Is This Your Card?
It’s possible I’ve posted this trick, this video in fact, before. Or maybe I’ve watched it so many times that I don’t remember what I’ve posted at all. Whatever the case, it’s a good trick and applicable to queens of any suit. And if a magician is going to do patter, let it be patter like this.