Thursday, February 27, 2020

The White-Throated Transmigrant, by E. Lily Yu (author), Emily Woo Zeller (narrator)

Serial Box, February 2020

Winona Li is a geologist who has been working in the oil fields, but is currently unemployed. Returning back to her apartment after an interview, a bird strikes her car's windshield, and is killed. Struck deeply by guilt, she gathers it up and takes it to a museum taxidermist in the little town she's currently living in.

Winona is a woman in the oil fields when she's working, and is a Chinese-American in a part of the country that's no so big on diversity. She's an outsider, and feels she will always be.

But for a little while, she learns the art of taxidermy from the unwelcoming taxidermist who is nevertheless willing to use her free labor.

And the whole time she is moving towards a strange transformation.

This is a quiet, sad story, beautifully told, and beautifully read by the narrator.

I got this audio short story from Serial Box, while they were running a promotion giving away short stories for free, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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