Annabelle by Nancy Christie
Pixie Hall Press
28 pages ISBN: 978-0988387164
Genre: Fiction, Literary, Short story -
Reviewer Charles S. Weinblatt
Annabelle’s mother desires only to serve and love her self-immersed, narcissistic artist husband who paints her suggestively in the nude. She does this at the expense of having a loving relationship with her own daughter Annabelle. From a dark corner, the child Annabelle discreetly observes this sensual artistic dance as she drifts into a world in which her desperate need to be loved mixes with erogenous feelings for her father, producing lasting confusion and unresolved remorse. As Annabelle spills out her failed childhood with a therapist, erotic fantasies emerge, confused and confabulated by time. Annabelle interprets one particular event, both fearsome and stimulating. Sitting atop her fragile psyche is a powerful sensual connection to a time when her father painted her nude at a tender age. Annabelle sifts through the cobwebs of her repentance, floating through a cloud of unresolved guilt. When she most required love and attention as a child, her self-absorbed parents pushed her away. She became a child lost in confused, unrequited love and chaotic feelings for her father. Nancy Christie adroitly describes a remarkable journey through the mind of a woman lost between desire and guilt, unable to formulate a pathway through life that adequately resolves love and sexual desire. This spellbinding short story will mesmerize the reader with powerful character development and a tale sadly familiar to many women. It’s hard to imagine anyone who will not read this excellent book through on the first attempt.
Reviewer Charles S. Weinblatt is the author of published fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Holocaust novel, Jacob’s Courage (Mazo Publishers).