Cleared Away by Regina Watts
NOTE: This is a novelette. 4500 words.
Cleared Away is such a gut punch of a short. Not much is out there that is as extreme as what happens to that poor Jewish girl. Regina took everything that could make a person cringe from disgust and wrapped it all into this one! Props to the author for being able to create something so vile in such a small amount of words, it takes real talent to make this reader feel like he died just a little bit on the inside after finishing this.
Damn. Damn. This is disturbing, to say the least. If you are one of those readers who feel they can handle anything no matter how brutal and shrug it off, I say challenge yourself with this one. For me, this story wasn't so much for entertainment, but more for the deep, visceral reaction that it brought out in me. I think the author perfectly (I can only imagine) captured the horror and brutality that victimized millions for no other reason than the religion they were born into. I'm sure this story will make many people uncomfortable, but that's the point, I think.
This was my first read of this author. I can't believe how emotionally messed up this short was. I mean she basically hit almost every trigger possible in such a short amount of paper. Loved it.
The only thing that needs to be said is this is the most disturbing short I have ever read. I could not believe someone as nice Regina could birth something so horrible.