Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Seamstresses - Elle LaPraim

First: this is a short story. Amazon says the whole thing, front matter and all, is 18 pages. But it's only 99 cents. And it's an interesting and original fantasy.

The tale opens with Yin waking up after she has died. She finds herself in an afterlife that begins in her grandmother's sewing shop in San Francisco's Chinatown. Snow is always falling, and her older sister -- who is also dead -- is there. Yin starts out by following her sister around, and realizes that her work in the afterlife -- their work -- involves stitching together the relationships of the still-living when those relationships come apart.

Sometimes, the job involves not stitching together certain relationships, and Yin has to learn that, too.

I enjoyed LaPraim's writing style, and I'm thinking now that I need to find more of her work.