Leaving Memphis

A Short Short Story

by Lauren Birden
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Succinct, provocative, charming. What micro-fiction is all about.

An epiphany without seeming so.

As with all stories, the reader must ask himself, "What is at stake?" When it comes to stories this short, sometimes it's moot to dive into that aspect. However, she manages to keep the reader going (ya lazy-fucks) with the simple motivation of seeing what the narrator will say, all while providing vital glimpses into not only the character's lives, but also the larger themes of identity, love, and my favorite theme: single-serving friendships.

Very fluid. Very deep. Very good read.

Tight, intriguing. You want a little more but know that it is self-contained enough to stand.