Rachel Swirsky's "A Memory of Wind" (novelette, feminist dystopia, free): An innocent girl is killed by her monster of a father
Sometimes very moving story of a young girl, sacrificed to please a god in the hope of getting a boon, by her own father - after luring her to sacrificial grounds by promise of her marriage.
Thing I didn't like about it was: it sounded like cruelty fetish. Early in the story, we know she's going to be killed by her dad; story is narrated by her spirit. Why drag us through the horror throughout the story? In fact, the girl herself & her mother knows she's about to be killed long before the story ends; we go through their detailed reactions awaiting her execution!
Two audiences will likely read more into this story than I could:
- Readers familiar with ancient Greece. That's where this story is set.
- Women. This is essentially a feminist dystopia - world seen from the eyes of a woman, a world whose rules are made by & for men, according to story's thesis.
Fact sheet.First published: tor.com, 4 November 2009.
Download full text from publisher's site (note the online version is spread across 17 pages. Compressed HTML from download option in sidebar makes more convenient reading.)
Nominated for Nebula Award 2009 in novelette category.
Related: Stories of Rachel Swirsky.