Has Rosel George Brown finally broken through?
For several years, I’ve kept an eye on this promising New Orleans native. Apart from being a woman writer in a predominately male field, she has brought a refreshingly feminine viewpoint to her stories. But they’ve never quite rung all of my bells. Some, like Virgin Ground have a real bitter tone to them. Others, like Car Pool and Flower Arrangement are overly domestic in feel. I want my heroines to be lantern-jawed and stalwart!
In any event, I’ve always felt that Ms. Brown was an extraordinary talent waiting to break free. Leafing through a friend’s latest issue of Amazing (generally trailing the Big Three/Four in terms of quality), I saw that she had a story within, Step IV and I quickly devoured it.
It definitely falls in the “bitter” category, but it has a new depth I have not yet seen from Brown. Moreover, it has that quality that marks the truly good (and, occasionally, the truly bad): it is memorable.
I welcome your thoughts.