‘Miracles’ by Lucy Corin

Miracles by Lucy Corin, 2011

The magic trick:

Flipping the story with a final-sentence question

This magic trick veers close to gimmick territory. But when the story is as well done as this one is, who cares?

The trick is this: end the story with a question that sends the reader flipping back to the beginning to figure out what they missed. And that’s quite a trick on Corin’s part.

The selection:

He was always showing us stuff around the farm. He was growing a beard, always tired and patient. There was a barn with a horse in it we were taking care of. He said a lot about learning to take care of others as a part of growing up, and we watched him with eyes too big for our heads.


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