Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Ancestory Money, by Maureen McHugh
Ancestor Money, part of Maureen McHugh's Mothers and Other Monsters collection, is its lead story. And it's the one by McHugh that I've enjoyed the most so far. It got a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2004. There is a strain of thought in Christian afterlife that says it's pretty much like an ideal version of life on earth--a nice little house with a yard and time to enjoy it. Meant to appeal to lower-middle-class folks, I got it on a flyer once. This is where our protagonist is, and has been there happily for seventy years, though there is no real presence of God. Then she gets word that a granddaughter has sacrificed money for her in a Buddhist temple, and she can go claim it. It's a very well-told and thoughtful tale, and I am glad I read it. With three stars you should go ahead and read it too.