Fantasy Literary Fiction Historical revenge Magical Realism coming of age

First Dance

By Laura Anne Gilman
Sep 8, 2019 · 2,368 words · 9 minutes

Photo by Cosmin Gurau via Unsplash.

From the author: A young woman faces her past, and the angel who cost her everything.


No-one ever spoke of what killed her father. It wasn't that the people of her village did not know, that they did not care, but simply that it was never spoken of, as though he had been aboveground one day and below the next, and that an event had transpired between never occurred to them.

Maria, though: Maria thought of it. Late at night, the trees catching the moon, she curled in her nightclothes and thought of it. When she fetched milk for the morning's baking, she thought of it. When...

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