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Mary Reed
A collection of short stories reflecting the complexity of human relatedness in everyday situations and moments. In these stories we meet the ordinary people in our lives--lovers and strangers, friends and families--including memorable characters like --a charming, homeless teenage con --a couple who divide their lawn into left and right at election times --an actress with Alzheimer's --a dog with a taste for rum cake.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10


Plot/Idea: With grace and vitality, Kind Eyes explores the inherent goodness of the human animal in full display, through the examination of the interconnected nature of seemingly disparate lives.

Prose: Reed’s skillfully applied prose reads like a well-crafted crescendo of ebbs and flows. Strikingly vivid characters engage the reader, making easy lifting for the imagination, even as the work carries significant emotional weight.

Originality: Mary Hutchings Reed is a master of craft and Kind Eyes excels at capturing and conjuring authentic human emotion. By focusing on the circumstances of mundane lives, the work is brilliant in its simplicity, and complex in its examination of the human condition.

Character/Execution:  The interwoven characters within Kind Eyes are seamless. Reed expertly portrays their depth and individuality through engaging moments of quiet conflict, pain, and personal reflection.






Date Submitted: August 06, 2020