Short story: “To Francine Mavencamp of Tallahassee, FL”

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“To Francine Mavencamp of Tallahassee, FL,” by Patrick Nathan

Won Boulevard‘s 2012 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers, appeared on page 178 of their Fall 2013 issue, Volume 29 1 & 2 (PDF; subscribe)

A little over 17 pages, 4,129 words

I enjoyed this story a lot but the ending left me dissatisfied. Too many loose threads. It’s true that the main conflict has been (ambiguously) resolved: father and son have both given each other what they thought they wanted, both hurting themselves and others in the process. But where did the names and addresses come from? What was the original impetus for the letters, if not a way for Cameron to hurt his father?

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