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Monday, July 28, 2014
NOOSE (short story) by Ernie Lindsey
Published in 2013 as an e-book.
Estimated length - about 14 pages.
Finalist for the 2005 Sherwood Anderson Short Story contest.
Ernie Lindsey's short story Noose is a coming-of-age story set in the American south in September of 1916. It features a 17 year-old named Roy who works as a farm hand for a northerner who moved down south for a simpler life. Roy has a strong love for animals which makes him an excellent farm hand. Besides working on the farm Roy also dates Emily, the boss of his daughter. Roy and Emily are much more intimate than anyone suspects and Roy is quite sure that he and Emily are completely in love.
The farm community receives word that a circus elephant named Mary is going to be killed for killing one of her handlers during a parade in a nearby town. The elephant will be executed by hanging from a railroad crane. This part of the short story is based on a true story (click here for more information). This hanging does more than kill an elephant - it changes everything for Roy.
At the time of this review this short story is free on Amazon.com as a kindle e-book.
I rate this short story 4 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on July 28, 2014.