Short Story Review: ‘The Apple Tree’

By Jimoshikato (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jimoshikato

[image by Jimoshikato]

This is no ordinary apple tree. In fact, it is a dead tree. The main character strings apples from its branches and decorates it with paper. She also spatters her lawn with raw meat and sprinkles the grass with pieces of bread.

‘The Apple Tree’ by Joe Lucido is a heartbreaking and unapologetically real flash fiction story about a woman who is utterly alone. At first I was not taken by it. Like the neighbors in the story, I was judgmental and confused. When the story ended, however, I had a turn of heart. It’s a quick read and I highly recommend it.

Lucido is the new prose editor at Black Warrior Review and is a MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. His work has been featured in SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart (Web), apt Online, Johnny America, Cloud Rodeo, and others.

The story is published by Word Riot. You can read or listen to the story here.

If you liked this review, check out another:

“The Last Day” by Ellen Oh


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