This short story was impossible to put down. Charles Brass is an expert at creating suspense in this richly drawn portrayal of an author, Gina, and her downward spiral into darkness. She is living alone after her sister moved out to be with her boyfriend. Gina becomes obsessed with her nit, a missing word from her latest story. With the submission deadline fast approaching, her obsessive nature builds and builds and with no one to ground her we follow her refracted logic to a conclusion that’s, shall we say, surprising and darkly satisfying.
Charles Brass has an easy and effective writing style. In this story, there is just one character and very little dialogue. For me, it added to the oppressive atmosphere.
Gina’s “nit” is so much more than a missing word. It represents an important part of her that’s missing. Perhaps a part that Gina’s sister had kept at bay before she moved out of their apartment. It represents a gap in her sanity that when left untended it develops, matures, and eventually distorts her reality.
All in all a very good read.
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