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Jackrabbit Skin by Ivy Pochoda

By Pamelascott

Secrets and rage can get under the skin in an unsettling short story by Ivy Pochoda, award-winning author of Sing Her Down and These Women.

Swan is a tattoo artist new to a community in the California desert when a mourning desert dweller named Kurt requests a tribute tattoo to his dead wife. Swan agrees, but the locals warn her: don't indulge Kurt in his tragic memories. No wonder. As Kurt returns for more tattoos, the truth about his wife's death begins to emerge in the ink. And it isn't pretty.


Swan rolls down the car window, sticks out her arm, driving like her Dad used to when she was little.


(Amazon Original Stories, 19 March 2024, e-book, 45 pages, borrowed from AmazonKindle via Prime Reading)



I enjoyed Jackrabbit Skin a lot. I've enjoyed other work by the author. I liked the premise of this story, dark secrets revealed via tattoos, original and interesting. Swan is a great character, fierce, feisty and trying to do her best. She feels sorry for Kurt and is in a bit of a dilemma when she tries to make sense of what the tattoos are telling her. I enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it.


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