Short Story Review: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong

Hungry Daughters of Starving MothersHungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The excitement and danger of the modern city takes an allegorical turn as the dance of predator and prey plays out. Beneath the veneer of a bad date, unassuming Jenny uses her supernatural ability to read, taste and smell thoughts and perversions to lure her dates into a compromising positions. However, she’s haunted by the way her mother used the family predilection in the past and how her mother now lives as a reclusive with all she hoarded.

Desires and urges threaten to tear apart the only real friendship she holds–with Aiko. Aiko seems too safe, and comfortable–smelling of home . . .

This tale appears in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 10 edited by Jonathan Strahan. I received this new anthology from Netgalley.
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