Review: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Flowers by Alyssa Wong

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and WildflowersA Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers’ was my first time reading of Alyssa Wong. This is a beautiful and poignant short story about two sisters and the death of one. It’s the inner monologue of the sister that stayed and lived, Hannah, and her torment over the death – or suicide – of Melanie.
Melanie is a transgender boy who had suffered from his parent’s inability to accept him and his gender. She is the symbol of family trauma and the difficulty of living in a family that does not accept.
The turn of phrase and the prose in this short story is absolutely beautiful. There were so many symbolic and emotionally charged moments. The one draw-back this short story had was that its artistry made it hard to understand.
Congratulations to Alyssa Wong on publishing a beautiful novelette!

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