‘A Girl Turns to Stone’ by Ruth Joffre

Joffre does so much in this not-quite-400-word flash fiction. There’s something that really pulls me towards stories about transformation, or stories where girls turn into something other than women. It seems an unfairness in life that boys get to stay boys pretty much forever, if they want to, whereas girls have womanhood thrust upon them. Women writing stories where some version of their teenage selves get to become something else is kind of a response to that, and maybe I’m drawn to it because some days I want to be a stone or a bird or a wolf instead of the woman I am. Thankyou for reading, Dr Freud. 

First published in The Offing, March 2018, and available to read online here