REVIEW: “Yesterday’s Wolf” by Ray Nayler

Review of Ray Nayler, “Yesterday’s Wolf”, Clarkesworld Issue 180, September (2021): Read Online. Reviewed by Myra Naik.

Elmira lives in a post-war society with her family, where they raise sheep and life a simple life. But Elmira has special skills with technology and programming that her father is very supportive about.

As the story unfolds, we learn about not just her intelligence but also her tenacity. We also learn more about her family in quick, insightful bursts of conversation and observation.

While the pasture life may seem idyllic, there are wolves, both literal and metaphorical. But Elmira finds a way, supported by her family. A story of hope and tenacity amidst heavy losses.