Girl & Flame, by Melissa Reddish
About Girl & Flame:
A girl bonds with a piece of flame leftover from the inferno that consumed her brother, father, and lover. Through this relationship, the girl explores her complicated family history and her place in a world where trees are cruel and deceptive, ghosts rise from abandoned cabins, and the quiet hum of the forest permeates even the most dehumanizing office buildings. Meanwhile, the flame discovers new fuel: human need, hot and vile. Both the girl and the flame journey into their own suffering to find answers on the other side. Told in a series of innovative flash vignettes, Melissa Reddish’s Girl & Flame is an inventive and thoughtful meditation on the intersection of grief, longing, and the natural world.
About the Author:
Melissa Reddish’s short story collection, My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud, was published by Tailwinds Press in 2015. Her flash fiction chapbook, The Distance Between Us, was published by Red Bird Chapbooks in 2013. Her work has appeared in decomP, Prick of the Spindle, and Northwind, among others. Melissa teaches English and directs the Honors Program at Wor-Wic Community College.