Wow! This story is a seminar on fiction writing! Bradley makes it look so easy to use not one but two difficult storytelling devices: first person voice disguised as second person and using the POV of a child too young to understand what he's nonetheless revealing to us. I also love all the White Rain and Jergens references that only readers of a certain age will understand. This story will stay with me for a long time.
What a brilliant, powerful, and satisfying story. The language is what makes it so satisfying: fresh, original, and flavorful. The brilliance is the overall effect; its power is in the subtle delineation of the plot and the dramatic understated surprises.
Not to mention choice of details and beauty of description. Thank you for an enthralling and memorable experience!
I concur with Pepper, Nina, and Perry. This is one of the most beautiful short stories I've read in a long time. It is beautifully constructed. I cannot conjure the words to describe how much I love this story!