Flesh of the Peach
Helen McClory, MA 2005
In New York, the ending of Sarah Browne's recent relationship with a married woman has coincided with the death of her estranged, aristocratic mother, leaving her a substantial amount of money and an unrecognised burden of toxic grief.
Rather than return home to England, she decides to travel by Greyhound to her mother's cabin in New Mexico. There she's drawn into a passionate relationship with Theo, a man whose quiet stability seems to complement her mercurial character. But as Sarah's emotional turmoil grows, there are warning signs that tragedy could ensue.
Told in flash fiction chapters, Flesh of the Peach paints a beautiful and painful portrait of a woman's unravelling.