Posted by: mlawrencekey | July 14, 2009

Brief review of “Hawa Died Last Week”

Adam_and_eve_newsweek_coverMy short story “Hawa Died Last Week” was reviewed at Scita > Scienda, a website run by a homeschooling writer and mom who seems to dabble in a lot of interesting areas of knowledge. She likes short stories, which is how, I assume, she stumbled across mine.

Anyway, her take on the story was interesting, as she interpreted the characters as African. I don’t have a problem with that, of course–I gave them their Arabic names when I wrote it, but it’s not much of a leap to see this as an African re-telling of a possible tangent from one of man’s oldest stories. Plus, given my own African origins, not to mention the possible African origins of the Mother and Father of all, that kind of interpretation appeals to me.

Here’s an excerpt from her review:

“Multicultural. Legendary. Beautiful.

This is a deeply moving spin on the Hebrew–human race’s–origins story, framed in the style of an African legend. Something to be read thoughtfully.”

As always, I like getting good reviews for my work. To be honest, as I re-read the story almost a year after I wrote it, I see its flaws pretty clearly, but I’m also glad I wrote it. For me, at least, I found it to be one of the most personally moving stories I’ve written (with the possible exception of “The Crimson Rod.”). I’m glad someone else enjoyed it and then blogged about their experience. Thanks!

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