When it starts off the reader imagines the story is set in the past and then technology is slowly introduced. The beginning is very disorienting in style and dialogue - takes a bit of slow and steady to grasp the foundation of the narrative as names come fast and quick occurrences.
Overall a very disturbing take on Truth and/or Grief (the bow) and how it is manipulated/exaggerated for desired results (in this case retribution for a child’s death and for the safety of the community). Also, the eerie nature of conformity and herd mentality.
Definitely a Black Mirror-esque read for what we have been thru/are going thru with co-vid.
An odd dog. This read.
Ten. This one’s trippy. Published in ‘09 but there are some eerie parts that resemble covid-world.
Really digging George Saunders short fiction right now. Literary sci fi I guess you’d call this? The red bow itself is almost Shakespearean.