A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Saturday Shorts Week 6
Welcome to our new weekend series for 2014.
Every Saturday this year one of our staff will suggest a favorite short story from the library’s collection, all of them a great choice for quick weekend reading.
I forgot that Bradbury stories are addictive. When I picked up our massive collection The Stories of Ray Bradbury, I’d only meant to spend a few minutes re-reading “Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed” so that I could blog about it later. Instead, I found myself spending an entire evening reading story after brilliant story plucked at random. And when I finally finished “The April Witch” I found myself turning right back to its opening paragraphs and reading them over again. I had found a new favorite to recommend.
“The April Witch” is Ray Bradbury at his lyrical and poetic best. It’s the story of Cecy, who is some kind of empathic spirit. When she wants she can drop right into the mind of a bird or dog or even a tree. She knows just what it feels like to fly with a flock of doves or leap with frog’s legs. But when Cecy decides she wants to know what it feels like to fall in love she ends up wreaking a little havoc on the relationship of young lovers Ann and Tom.
It’s not as simple a story as it seems. Besides its taught little fantasy plot and its beautiful writing, it has also got some serious emotional depth and a few layers to it. Don’t hesitate to come in and check it out, and remember to set aside more time than it will take to read just this 8 page story, you’ll be wanting it.
Review by Matthew