This story does little for me. The voice is interesting – a teen Dublin girl – but that’s just not enough. The girl and her boyfriend are friends with Natalie and her boyfriend Billy, and the narrator spends a lot of time, as we know teenagers do (especially girls?) worrying about what’s going on in their friendship, which is thrown off the tracks by Billy’s mother’s cancer. In the end she draws conclusions about fleeting adolescent relationships and my only question is, So What?
December 24 & 31, 2007: “Natalie” by Anne Enright
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