Fiction. This 2020 reissue includes two new stories. For her next trick, Lena Bertone will show you seven sisters each with their own particular beauty, a magician who demands you leave your wallet at the door, an angry appendage with a mind of its own, a woman who waxes and wanes, and a sad story that is exactly 69% true. The stories in BEHIND THE MIRROR flip the fables and fairy tales you remember on their heads. Here, the beautiful and the grotesque are one and the same, both a blessing and a curse. Bertone's characters struggle with their bodily confines in a world that defines people based on appearances. These stories hold mirrors up to their most intimate truths, then shatter them.
Lena Bertone is the author of the novella Letters to the Devil. Her prose has been published in online and print journals that include Passages North, Sundog Lit, Salt Hill, Hobart, and many others. She teaches writing in Central New York, where she lives with her daughter and their two cats.Author City: SYRACUSE, NY USA