Short Story Reviews

Shorty Talks: Briar Rose by Kim Antieau

I was checking out The Journal of Mythical Arts site (recommended by Gautami) today, which is a site dedicated to literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, fairy tales, and the oral storytelling tradition. Doesn’t it sound fascinating? I think you should check it out too!
So while I was there I read Briar Rose by Kim Antieau, a short story about a girl who wakes up in the hospital and has no recollection of she is and how she got there. When the nurse on duty shows her the tattoo on her butt, she remembers getting it and remembers her name, which is Rose. Rose then finds the tattooist and gets another tattoo and with another memory until, she remembers everything about herself and is covered head to toe in tattoos, her memories, most of them bad but some good too.

I LOVED this sad and depressing story which is compelling and I just could not stop once I started it. Rose is a compelling character and this story is beautiful! I think most of all I loved the moral of this story and I loved this little line too, there is so much power in that sentence.

She remembered touching the snake skin when she was a child, being amazed that it could just start fresh, shed its old life.

I hope you make time to read it. It is wonderful.
This is #31 short story I have read till date 🙂

0 thoughts on “Shorty Talks: Briar Rose by Kim Antieau

  1. I love Endicott Studio, though it’s been a long while since I spent any time there browsing the archives. I haven’t read this story before, but it definitely sounds like I should amend that.

  2. Thanks for directing me to this great site! I’ve been doing a lot of reading of fairy tales this year and research into them and this is perfect!

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