A Quick Review of Choices


March 14, 2012 by The Citron Review

by Marion de Booy Wentzien


She thinks a lot–no longer about making chocolate chip cookies or homemade applesauce before the baby wakes. If she knew how to sew or stitch, she’d make a quilt in black and shocking pink. In white, with a thicker thread, she’d embroider, “No decisions until you are thirty.” There might be tiny specks of blood here and there on the satin binding. So what? She’d curl up with it every night to watch TV.

She realizes that the decisions she made at seventeen put stakes in her life. When she closes her eyes, it’s almost as if she can see the entire outline of her body, nailed to the peeling orange and yellow linoleum of the kitchen floor. Dusty footprints cover her head and breasts.

Mostly she thinks of her son, now six, who has gone to live with his dad—and the new wife. Has he brushed his teeth, has he said his prayers? Does he miss her?


Marion de Booy Wentzien has twice been a recipient of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and has won the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s New Letters Literary Award. The Chicago Humanities for the Arts recently presented one of her stories in their Stories on Stage program. Her work has appeared in Seventeen Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Scholastic Books, Story Magazine, The Sonora Review, Prime Number, The Quotable, The Stone Hobo and other literary journals.

One thought on “A Quick Review of Choices

  1. Allie Marini Batts says:

    I first read Marion’s work in Extract(s). What a pleasure to read more of it here. This piece is beautiful, even if it makes my heart hurt.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary


    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.


🍋 Instagram

DS Levy's Micro Fiction takes us to "Babyland" where nothing is as you might expect it. The Citron Review Winter Issue overflows with surprises! https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/babyland/ DS Levy's chapbook of flash fiction, @a_binary_heart, was published by @flpbooks.
Congratulations to Citron's Online/Fiction Editor Jr Walsh for his recent publication in Nunum's Winter 2019 Volume 2, Issue 4! #flashfiction #fiction #briefliterature #amreading #SundayRead #jrwalsh #yourfavoriteactor
Can you talk with animals? "The Soldier on the Mountain" just might have to. Come hike this #flashfiction odyssey from @BlerianaMyftiu with us. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/the-soldier-on-the-mountain/ Bleriana Myftiu is from Tirana, Albania. She holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University and is a Fiction Reader for @atticusreview. Visit blerianamyftiu.com
Our first poem of 2020 comes from Richard Foerster in our New Winter Issue. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/first-poem/ #amreading #poetry Foerster’s eighth collection is Boy on a Doorstep: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2019)
Pacific Northwest writer @savannahslonewriter reminds us of our new year's resolutions in "i want to start a podcast but." https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/i-want-to-start-a-podcast-but/ Slone is the author of several books including the forthcoming An Exhalation of Dead Things (@clashbooks, 2021), Hearing the Underwater (@flpbooks, 2019) and This Body is My Own (@ghostcitypress, 2019)
Happy New Year to readers and contributors from @citronreview! Here's to 2020! Our Winter Issue is up at citronreview.com.

Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new issues by email.

%d bloggers like this: