Friday, June 3, 2022

The Sin of America by Catherynne M. Valente

Uncanny Magazine, March 2021, 

Sadly, I did not like this one.

It starts with what feels like a relatively long section of really drab, colorless detail, with no real reason to care about any of the people mentioned--most of whom, in the end, really do turn out not to matter in the story.

Then the story starts to get meatier, with one of the characters being identified as the chosen "sin-eater" for America, to eat all the sins of our history, in a diner in Wyoming. We learn some of the details of her life, of the people around her, and how she was chosen to be the sin-eater this time.

The description of her meal, and what she experiences, has some real heft and meaning to it.

And then, at the end, it glides off into "everything and everyone is shitty"

I'm very likely being unfair to the story. It clearly works for a great many people, but it absolutely did not work for me.

Not recommended

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