3 of 5 stars.
Family relationships are messy things spanning years and an accumulation of micro-events. They get even messier when the traditional parent-child relationship turns on its head and decades-old roles upend. These themes are expressed in an absurdist landscape here as the narrator goes to her mother’s expensive-to-maintain, unmanned farm with its house crammed full of mementos and dinosaur paraphernalia in an effort to prepare it to be put on the market.
The mother is a retired geneticist that worked corporately but maintained as interest in dinosaurs that she fostered in her daughter. The daughter finds the house not ready to be shown, the mother not ready to move on in the least. Frustrated, she goes outside to find her mother’s yard full of dinosaurs–living ones.
The mother reveals her secret dinosaur-making machine that recycles junk into dinosaurs. Together, the duo empty the house of decades of accumulation to create a menagerie of ancient wonders . . .
This contest-winning tale appears in Writers of the Future 32 edited by David Farland. It’s illustrated by contest-winning artist, Preston Stone. I received this new anthology from Netgalley.
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