“Rites of Passage,” New Fiction, in Invisible City

So many writers are told “write what you know.” I doubt many ideas worth reading would reach the page if we all followed that rule. Still, it’s a challenge to imagine someone, especially a teenager, having to face the kind of terror depicted in “Rites of Passage.” When the source of the terror is a parent, the child’s options are few and fearful, because the consequences of revealing such a terrible secret may be dire for everyone involved. “Rites of Passage,” a shortened version of a story included in That Very Place (my collection due out next year), offers a haunting look at how a young girl struggles to protect her sister from a betrayal she knows only too well. https://www.invisiblecitylit.com/fiction/rites-of-passage/