"The Crane Husband" is an unsettling folk horror story by Kelly Barnhill. In this brief and well-crafted novella, she dives into the topic of domestic violence, all wrapped up in a modern twist on the classic Japanese folktale, the Crane Wife. An excellent read that I finished in one sitting. 4 Stars.
" The more you love someone, the more dangerous to you they become. The more you love someone, the more willing you are to show them your throat.”
“Maybe we never actually run away. Maybe everywhere’s the same.”
“She tilts her head. Her black eye is a pool of ink. It is a bottomless pit. It is a collapsed star, all density and hunger and relentless gravity, pulling everything it can into its center- to be unraveled, unmade, undone, and unrecognizable. How can anyone survive that kind of love?”
" It’s a lot more work to cause harm to someone who mistrusts you, or fears you. Or hates you. Love opens the city gates wide, and allows all manner of horrors right inside."