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A Mother's Story
By Peggy Duffy
Sunday, September 14, 2003

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It was the smile that fooled her. A brilliant, beguiling, bewitching smile which lit up the girl's face; it was an illusion, a delusion, a seduction she allowed to lure her in and ease her mind between the periods of the glum and the irritable, the attitude of indifference.

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Reviewed by Angela Rhodes 1/13/2005
I found this story by clicking the "Literary Fiction" link atop the page of one of my own stories. The first sentence captured me, and I followed the link to read more. This story is beautiful. I am not a mother myself, but the anguish of the mother in the story is tangible even for someone who has never been close to the place where she is. The ability to create that kind of emotion is the mark of a truly gifted writer. Well done!!

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