Girl With a Pearl Earring
by Claire Rudy Foster
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Pub Date 02 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 10 Feb 2021
A short story from the Interlude Press COME WHAT MAY collection:
In 1992, Laura and Thea live together in a punk house in Washington, D.C. Thea, a brash and unapologetic trans girl, lives the punk life to its fullest. But Laura leaves her leather and safety pins at home each day when she leaves for work in a government job—hiding her anti-establishment lifestyle from her co-workers and her mainstream tastes from her housemates.
When she invites Thea with her to see a Vermeer exhibit, Laura finds the courage to open up to Thea while viewing her favorite painting. Thea—normally critical of mainstream art—is charmed by both the painting and by Laura.
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This is a short-term access read, and will be archived on February 9, one week after the story's release.
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Average rating from 6 members
What a delightful story. With economical language, the setting and time are evoked, and the characters are rendered to feel very real. It's about a moment of connection, the feeling of being who you are and letting others see you. It felt like short stories ought to feel, about one time when small things in a much bigger world pivot.
This is a delightful short story set in 1993's at a punk house in Washington. The story mainly focuses on Laura, who despite living in a punk house works a regular 9-5 government job, unlike the rest of her housemates. However, a Vermeer exhibit finds Laura reaching out to Thea in hopes that her worlds of both punk and mainstream interests can co-exist.
This story was written for the "Come What May" collection by Interlude Press, a collection of short-stories released each Friday during February 2021.
Thank you to NetGalley and Interlude Press for allowing me to read an e-arc for this work. All opinions are my own.