Review of: The Secrets We Don't Say
reviewed by **DELETED ACCOUNT** on 06/24/2012
Lust and the Stranger
Janelle Burmaster's short story "The Secrets We Don't Say" concerns a woman distraught over a fight with a roommate; she chances upon a therapist of sorts in the park and falls in lust with her. That the woman seeks counsel from a total stranger seems a bit contrived; by the end of the story we want her to live in the moment (and kiss the stranger) rather than figure out how to reconcile with her roommate. As for the title I suppose it has something to do with the lesbian creed of restraint in matters romantic? Burmaster anyway does a fine job of propelling the action and keeping the story together-- a few cliches barely dint the flowing prose. Overall, the love affair gets skewed by the author's insistance on tidying up the brouhaha with the roommate, which by the end of the story is of no consequence; by then the reader hopes the two women will leave their paltry pasts behind and elope.
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