Short Story Sunday # 2

I find myself returning to these two stories. I love Jellyfish Review for their selection of good flash fiction.

  1. Mooncake by Grace Loh Prasad

The identity crisis, culture shock and disorientation the narrator feels in this story is relatable to me as I’m an Indian who was born and raised in the Gulf. I loved how the narrator makes the reader feel like they are trapped in a nightmare. I have dissected this story in my fiction classes. I make students think about a dish from their culture and then write a story on it. It always brings a smile to their face as they remember mouth-watering dishes. Some end up writing pieces they never imagined. My most recent student ended up writing a reflective piece on Dhan-saak, a Parsi dish.

A few lines from the story-

We are quiet around the table. My dad is cutting the omelet and mooncake into four pieces even though there are five of us. The only words I hear are my dad muttering, “I haven’t even served this yet and already more food is arriving.” He is looking over my shoulder, at someone I cannot see approaching the table with more food.

That’s all I remember of the dream. What does it mean?

Read the full story here-

2. Black Cake by Maria Alejandra Barrios

Another flash fiction piece from the same literary magazine. This story brilliantly brings out the darkness of matriarchy. The author has managed to create an arresting story by adding baking, inheritance, women, coming-of-age and Colombian culture into a cauldron and mixing it well.

A few lines from the story-

Mamá starts making wedding cakes for business after she finds my Abuela’s notebook with cake recipes. I question her because she doesn’t want to try the batter, so how is she going to know if they’re any good? But she smiles and tells me to have faith. “If your Abuela had her magic touch for baking, I should have it too. The key is in the flowers.”

Read the full story here-

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