Sunday, December 4, 2011

Short Story: 'Rachel in Love' by Pat Murphy

"Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy



"Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy is one of my all-time favourites. Once again, I first read the story in the Locus Awards anthology.

Rachel’s father is not a chimpanzee but she is and she also has memories of being a human daughter. When her ‘scientist-father’ passes, Rachel, the chimp-girl, discovers the big bad world. Pat Murphy has produced a wonderful story, deservedly winning both the Locus and Nebula awards. "Rachel in Love" deals with the in between natures of both the human and the animal; as well exploring issues of identity and acceptance.

The hybrid nature of Rachel gelled with me as some of my writing touches on similar themes. Murphy has crafted a superb story with a seemless, but also touching, narrative 

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