"My Evil Mother" - A Short Story by Margaret Atwood- 2023- included in her new collection Old Babes in the Woods
I acquired this wonderful story as a Kindle Single for $0.99
This has been a good month for short stories so far, two classic works by Issac Singer and now a brand new story by Margaret Atwood.
As the story begins the teenage narrator is mad at her mother for telling her she must end her relationship ship with her boyfriend. The father is long gone, what happened to him is left vague. The mother has income but it seems to come from other women who employ her to cast spells. As time ago on, the story takes us to where the daughter rebellious 15 year old daughter. The mother seems increasingly convinced she is a witch of sorts. We see the parental roles reversing.
There is a lot to ponder here. Is the mother using the idea she has occult powers to give herself status? Does the delusion pass along to the daughter?
This story was a lot of fun to read
https://margaretatwood.ca/ has lots of info
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