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Homecoming by Susan Palwick
Edited by Ellen Datlow
Cover Artist: Karla Ortiz
Review by Sam Tomaino Story  
Date: 29 July 2013

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Here is the original novelette, "Homecoming" by Susan Palwick, available at This short story was acquired and edited for by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

Every month, Tor posts stories on their website (see our link section at the top of this review) along with excerpts from novels, comics and articles. They are free so I recommend you check them out. Each new story will be reviewed separately. This novelette was posted July 10, 2013.

"Homecoming" by Susan Palwick -- Margaret (or Peg) is a young girl who dreams of going to sea. Her best friend is Gareth and she frequently goes to his house and his mother, Jenny, for shelter from her father's alcoholic rages.

She ignores Granny Crimson's warnings about the sea. Her beau had leapt overboard when lured by sirens. She and Gareth do go to sea with her wearing a charm from Jenny that will make the sailors think she is a man. Towards the end of the voyage, they encounter sirens of their own in this fine little fantasy.

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