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First published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1989

Suzy Charnas offers a fresh perspective on alienated youth through a very old fantasy idea. Puberty is tough on anyone, but especially on "well-endowed" girls, who get a lot of unwanted attention in addition to the monthly curse. When you're a werewolf, well, the curse takes on a whole new mea

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Peter Tillman
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Not reread recently. The class bully gets his, in pretty grotesque fashion. Werewolf story.
Many award noms, besides the Hugo win:
Ali alhusainy
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
a very entertaining short story with horror elements, by Suzy McKee Hugo award winner of 1990
Well this short story was certainly a unique take on a young girls journey into puberty, developing breasts ahead of her classmates (and having a class bully start calling her "Boobs"), then when she gets her period on the night of the full moon she turns into a werewolf. Let's just say things don't end well for the class bully. ...more
Anita Fajita Pita
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A very short read in which puberty turns a girl's (school) life into a pain and her body into a wolf. There's plenty of symbolism here for you, but I enjoyed it for even the base story. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, that sure was a thing that happened. The depictions of abuse and gore made me wince but this definitely has strong themes and a commitment to the voice of the main character. I can see why it won a Hugo.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was an okay read. If it was longer I probably could have got into it more, but as a short story there was nothing that stood out as new or original on the werewolf theme.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! Finally, a story where a jerk gets his! ;) Of course I don't condone violence, but it's nice to read fiction where a creap gets whats coming to him. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :) ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Rage-y but fun.
I have to think the author should have been more careful about the name of her first story to win a Hugo. Now "Boobs" will be on all her book-jackets for life.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Werewolves are my favorite monster, and for those of you not hip, the amount of quality material in this sub-genre is severely lacking. This short story is one of the few good ones. It’s well ahead of “Ginger Snaps” and “Raw” in its depiction of female coming of age as a monstrous transformation. Honestly, though, the transformation here feels far more empowering, even if Charnas hints at dark things to come in the future. One of the most unsettling aspects of the story is the childlike innocenc ...more
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more

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