A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga: Stories by Julia Whitty

By Julia Whitty

Bringing a different standpoint and a unique voice to modern fiction, A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA beneficial properties lush, poignant tales concerning the wildlife. listed below are mammals, ancient figures, daily those who become aware of the releasing homes of reminiscence and information within the face of captivity and loneliness. We meet a forlorn tortoise compelled to stay between people. We witness orcas at Ocean global staging a insurrection, utilizing celibacy as their weapon. In a French cave, a tender computing device animator attracts parallels among Cro-Magnon and glossy girls. One tale even travels to heaven, the place Charles Darwin seeks the resource of human happiness.
Whitty joins her authority approximately natural world and her wealthy mind's eye to excellent impact. Drawing on twenty years' event with making nature documentaries, she takes readers contained in the minds of animals and folks suffering to beat their obstacles. In a voice as magical because it is educated, A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA bridges the legendary and the mundane, the animal and the human. Julia Whitty is a superb new storyteller in American brief fiction.

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No todo el mundo está siempre pegado a la CNN. Cuando me he enterado he venido directa a casa, pero no había taxis y las líneas dos y tres del metro no funcionan, así que he tenido que caminar veinte manzanas con un frío que pela. ¿Sabes lo que es correr con tacones? Puse los ojos en blanco. Los dos teníamos los nervios a flor de piel y no serviría de nada pelear. Con un suspiro, relajé los hombros. —¿Por qué no intentas darle tú de comer? —dije—. Si mamaíta lo alimenta, a lo mejor come. Luke había dejado de llorar y sorbía por la nariz, con la cara llena de mocos.

Tranquilo todo el mundo. No es momento de peleas. Sé que últimamente habéis tenido problemas vosotros dos, pero eso tiene que acabar. Avanzó hasta el centro de la habitación con la mano alzada y la palma vuelta hacia nosotros pidiéndonos calma. —Susie, me parece que deberías llevar a Ellarose a... —No, no —objetó ella, agitando la mano—. Si está hecho está hecho, y estamos todos juntos en esto. Ellarose vio a Luke, soltó un chillido y sonrió. Luke, rojo y congestionado al mismo tiempo, la miró e intentó sonreírle como respuesta.

Lauren me miraba fijamente. Me peiné con los dedos y suspiré. —Me parece que Luke está incubando algo. Tenemos que comprar la comida para las fiestas y, como he dicho, debo entregar esos regalos a los clientes. Mi nueva secretaria se había olvidado de entregar una docena de los regalos personalizados que habíamos creado para nuestros clientes. Había pasado por alto a los residentes en Manhattan porque no figuraban en la lista de correo aéreo. Cuando descubrimos el error, ella tenía prisa por reunirse con su familia para las fiestas y, con FedEx y UPS inactivas, yo había cometido la estupidez de decirles a mis socios que los entregaría personalmente.

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