REVIEW: “Potions and Practices” by gwynception

Review of gwynception, “Potions and Practices” in Gwen Benaway, ed., Mother, Maiden, Crone, (Bedside Press, 2019): 50-64 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology.)

I’m not sure if this story suffered from a lack of thorough proofreading, or if the duplicated phrases and weird sentences that felt like they were missing words were intentional, but whichever is the explanation, I found the prose of this story difficult to read; quite a bit of the time, I really wasn’t sure what was going on. Then again, the same is also said by Violet, the MC: “I’m sorry I’m not sure if I know what you’re talking about” (p. 52), so maybe the gappy and repetitive writing was intentional. I’m afraid, though, that this wasn’t a story for me.