Spotlight: “The Curse”


This story came to me first as an essay, about how often I see women I admire attacked for what I consider to be their gifts: their voices, their leadership, their talents, their confidence. The more beloved the woman, the swifter and harsher the takedown is when it inevitably comes. I don’t have any daughters, but it made me think about what I’d wish for them if I did. As happens to me so often, I found it easier to talk about this truth by tucking it into a piece of fiction.


Aubrey Hirsch is the author of a short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar, and a flash fiction chapbook, This Will Be His Legacy. Her stories, essays, and comics have appeared in The Nib, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Florida Review, the New York Times, and elsewhere. You can find links to more of her work on her website and follow her on Twitter: @aubreyhirsch. More from this author →