Grocer Jack and the Pirate

Judge's comments:

"The terrors of our childhood are rarely explainable to adults nor are they great world evils. This is a dilemma, and a truth beautifully captured by the author of this evocative story of family relationships, childhood worry and doubt and the quickness with which they pass and inexplicably turn with our growing understanding of the world. The explanation of the relationship between all three characters never comes close to sentimentality and in few words hints at deeper and complex pasts and futures between not only Izzy and the adults but perhaps more interestingly between the sisters themselves."

Kat Lund, Grace Dieu Writers' Circle Short Story Competition judge 2013.

How Grocer Jack and the Pirate appears on the Grace Dieu Writers' Circle website

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