Excerpt: ""Ragazzo" by Bruce McAllister
contains one of the most original climaxes I've seen in short fiction in a long time. It’s the story of an American family living in Italy due to the father's job. With an abusive mother and a distant father, the narrator, John, only receives affection from his grandmother and the elderly neighbor who is may or may not be a witch. John's grandmother shields him from the worst of his mother's anger until she must return to the States for medical treatment, and he is left on his own.
John's family is broken, and at the center of the break is his mother. She carries a crippling grief that humanizes her even as she presents a danger to her son. McAllister recreates a vivid sun-dappled landscape that fits the hint of folk tale that is sprinkled through the text. An excellent story that delivers on all levels."
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