John Lake owes his label an album—and has for months. Alone in his farmhouse studio outside of Lakefield, Ohio, he hears the music, but he won’t write it down. All the songs remind him of her.
Fifteen years ago, Mallory Evans was a fairy-haired warrior-poet. John couldn’t figure out why no one in high school noticed. He noticed, and he came to her window every evening before darkness came and the private violence of her home life threatened. Then, inevitably, one terrifying night broke the sweet spell between them.
John hasn’t seen Mallory since, but he’s looked for her—in his audiences, in his dreams. Now he decides that if he can’t find the inspiration to finish an album, he can at least find Mallory and finish what has always been between them.
This is a lovely story. We have John's point of view in the present. We get Mallory's thoughts in the past through her book. It's been 15 years since they've seen each. What happens to first love after being separated for so long? This is short but packed with emotion. It's a novella and the ending leaves enough blank space to fill in on your own. It's undefined but you can feel where it will go without having the whole story told. I loved it and highly recommend.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!
My Source: purchased
Where to get it:
Brain Mill Press
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