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Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother

By Hal Y. Zhang

After several days of spouting increasingly strange conspiracy theories, Valerie Lang abruptly leaves her home. Her daughter Ellery stays behind, bewildered and alone in their spartan living room. In a near-future world where citizens are always watched and where "personalization" is part of every day life, Valerie has managed to stay in an era long gone. Ellery's search for her mother reveals how little she knows about her, and stirs painful childhood memories that she can now choose to erase.

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Excerpt from Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother

Published Apr 10, 2020 · 1,274 words (5 minutes) · 301 views

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Ellery thought she knew her mother, until she didn't.