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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Key Signature" from Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Permeable Borders

Permeable Borders 
Nina Kiriki Hoffman 
Fairwood Press
Originally appeared in F&SF
Available online here.

Former foster child, Zita Wilson is looking for a place to call home.  She finds it in a small community where they treat as one of them.  She learns to fiddle, somewhat and attends a dance where the music suddenly takes on a whole new dimension for her.

Some great descriptive passages here, capturing the character of the people:
"Bill was wearing a guitar, cowboy boots, jeans, and a western shirt with pearl snaps. He had a villain's mustache, and the portable atmosphere of a cigarette smoker. He also had flesh-colored hearing aids in each ear."

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