Crow Roads by Charles de Lint

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Title: Crow Roads
Author: Charles de Lint
In: The Coyote Road (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Feminism, Tricksters
Dates read: 27th April 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: But I overheard Woody and Les at the corner store a couple of days later, laughing about the hippie they’d sent packing, so I could guess.

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Annie wants something more from life than a small, dead-end town and a teenage pregnancy. So when a young man comes into her life, she finds his intriguing outlook on life fascinating. But not fascinating enough to follow him to the Crow Roads.


Crows are kind of fascinating birds. And although there are some more horror-inspired relations to them, I love their symbolic connection to tricksters. Anytime I read a story that mentions these birds in any way, shape or form, I feel completely drawn in. The fact that this short story not only included that aspect, but also a woman’s will to become something more than just a mother and a wife… well, I fell in love with it completely.

Annie is a young woman from a small, poverty-riddled town. Most people believe that her only future in life is to get pregnant young, and become a mother, and maybe a wife. If she doesn’t, well, she might end up becoming a beautician or hairdresser. Yet, she wants something more. And not even a chance meeting with a boy who intrigues her on the deepest level will deter her from her course. Even if he does truly want her to journey the Crow Roads with him.

I love the fact that although this feels like a bit of a teen romance, Annie decides to show people that she can make something of herself. She still wants to ride off into the sunset with the boy, but she’ll only do it after she’s shown herself and others that she can be whoever, and whatever she wants to be.

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