We all tell stories and Jennifer Stevenson tells a great one in ‘Solstice’ which Grey reviews for us here: ‘The reader somehow senses that everything Dawn sees, each action she takes, even her name, has a deeper significance. She’s not just playing for a great party, she’s playing to keep a shrinking, fading man alive on the longest night. And if it’s an over-the-top, splendid bash that keeps the sun alive for another year, well, human beings believed that for a very long time. Maybe this story will help us remember some of what we’ve forgotten.’
You can hear the author splendidly reading ‘Solstice’ here. You can read the story thisaway. If you can find a copy, it was originally published in Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Donald G. Keller’s The Horns of Elfland.