A lovely, surprising tale, told with warmth and depth, this surreal short story switches between an ancient world and our modern one. Is the main character an unwilling sacrifice to foreign gods, or a modern woman battling deadly cancer? Who is dreaming who? Through juxtaposing seemingly different life experiences, we find a poignant commonality between the characters as they face death.
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‘Not Me, it Can’t Be’ is far more haunting than any short story should be. As in much of Newland’s work, the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred to the extent where the reader is left wondering which is the imagined and which is the real world. The juxtaposition of the two women’s situations raises big questions which are delicately crafted so they linger in the mind long after reading. I love a haunting story though and this one is beautiful.” Rose, Goodreads review.