The Mourning Begins in Tilichiki


September 23, 2020 by The Citron Review

by Tara Lynn Masih


The white bear startles the fisherman. Bits of ice floe remain on shore. She drifted south to his village. He feeds her fish and candy.


Tara Lynn Masih is founding series editor of The Best Small Fictions and editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. Her debut novel for young readers, My Real Name Is Hanna, won a Julia Ward Howe Award and was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her collaborative flash novelette, The Bitter Kind, written with James Claffey, is forthcoming in October 2020 in both print and audio. She loves art in miniature!


One thought on “The Mourning Begins in Tilichiki

  1. Iā€™m reminded of a photo I saw of an Alaskan bear sitting beside a man fishing their shoulders touching. The pair had long enjoyed this routine, the article claimed. And so, this story to me is a beautiful fiction that also could be so.

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