This second story in the Amanda Lohrey Selects series is a gem.
Marian Matta builds an aching suspense crafted carefully around a core of empathy and slowly reveals, with immaculate precision, the truth that is not so deeply hidden after all. Beginning with what might strike the reader as garden variety painful shyness, Matta slowly draws the reader into Danny’s unusual – but somehow completely relatable – world. When the secret is revealed it makes perfect sense and you can’t imagine Danny’s life any other way. This is Matta’s great gift to her readers – she creates characters so honest and interesting that the reader is willing to follow them anywhere. That Matta chooses to take her characters on a path less trodden – and treats them with a deep, steadfast kindness – is why her storytelling is so exceptional and successful.
Danny Boy is a stunning story; rich, complex, beautiful and rewarding.
I would recommend it to all short story lovers as well as anyone interested in seeing gender and sexuality represented beyond the simplistic dichotomy fed to us in the mainstream media.
You can buy Danny Boy (for a measly 99 cents), or the whole Amanda Lohrey Selects series here.