Seasons of Glass and Iron • 2016 • Fairy tale short story by Amal El-Mohtar

★★★

The ever-moving meets the immobile: One woman needs to walk through seven shoes of iron to win back her husband, the over woman sits on a hill of glass to be protected from pursuers. They stay together for a season and a while, become friends, tell their stories.

Heavy handed allegorical bit of work with two likeable characters. As it is a modern fairy tale, it has to be about female self-liberation and empowerment with lots of predictable conclusions. I liked the set up far more than the ending.

 

Meta: isfdb. Appeared November 2016 in Uncanny. Read in Best SFF 11. Available online.

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