Crystal E. Wilkinson: Humming Back Yesterday (Deal Me In 2016 – Week 49)

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Aberdeen Copeland was bringing yesterday back from twenty years of hiding. Bringing it back in slow motion.

In “Humming Back Yesterday”, Crystal E. Wilkinson presents Aberdeen Copeland grappling with her past. Through “clicks”, still shot photographic descriptions of her memories, and through “hums”, slow motion films of her memories, Wilkinson provides snippets of Aberdeen’s childhood that allows the reader to understand the abuse she and her mother suffered from her stepfather.

Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories

At the same time, the reader gets small everyday details of Aberdeen’s current life with her husband, Clovis. As Wilkinson provides both narratives, I found myself wondering if the abusiveness continues with Clovis twenty years later. While I can only go by what Wilkinson gives, I have to guess that Aberdeen has somehow managed to choose a husband completely different from the husband her mother chose.

To me, the contrast between Clovis and the stepfather made for a disturbing, yet ultimately uplifting, story.

This story is included in my copy of Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories edited by Morris Allen Grubbs. I read this story when I selected the Ten of Hearts for Week 49 of my Deal Me In 2016 short story project. My Deal Me In 2016 list can be found here. Deal Me In is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.


3 responses to “Crystal E. Wilkinson: Humming Back Yesterday (Deal Me In 2016 – Week 49)

  1. Hi Dale,
    Sounds like, for the most part, you’ve had pretty good luck with the stories in this collection. Is it a recently published book, or are the stories older?

    • The collection itself was published in 2001. The stories it contains range in publication date from 1946 to 1999. I’ve made some good discoveries with this collection.

  2. Pingback: Water Street by Crystal Wilkinson | Mirror with Clouds

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