Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s “The Erlking”

by Jess

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s story “The Erlking” appears in The New Yorker‘s excellent “20 Under 40” fiction series.  According to her Q&A, she wanted to revisit Goethe’s “Der Erlkönig,” and the story is an incredible reimagining of the traditional Erlking motif.  It’s eerily beautiful.  It gave me chills.  You should probably read it.  Like — now.

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