In this short story, Nadia King’s writing quickly brings to life the small, narrow and disappointed existence that is her character Miriam’s life. Miriam’s mother doesn’t really want her. Her conception was a disappointment to her mother, as was her birth. Miriam only recently found out who her father was.
She’s not the most popular girl in school, but she hopes the good-looking Damien will notice her. Miriam is sensitive and, despite her life and living conditions, which she just happens to have dealt to her, she really only wants to be accepted and liked. The story highlights the rejection by peers that so many young people experience.
I like to think that when Miriam crushes the cigarette packet under her heel, it is symbolic that she will aim for something better than her life of disappointment.
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