“Stone Animals,” by Kelly Link
Published in Conjunctions: 43, Fall 2004 (order here); collected in Magic For Beginners; anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2005; also appeared here in Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading, prefaced by Lincoln Michel, February 4th, 2015
16,530 words, 41 pages in BASS
The development of the atmosphere and characters is top notch, but I feel it goes on too long, repeating the same themes over and over without having any kind of cumulative effect (like an obsessive feel, for example), and then it stops inconclusively on the same note. Why isn’t this a 5,000-word short story?
Edited to add that while reading this I kept thinking about the fact that New World rabbits don’t burrow. It’s not really relevant, but I couldn’t help thinking about it.