“Pietà” by Tara L. Masih

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She makes a living luring tourists, particularly Catholic women, into St Peter's. She shows them the Pieta, the Mother and Son carved by Michelangelo, telling of the desecration of the statue, causing the nose to be re-carved from the Mother's back. Later, watching the son she's raised alone, she realizes the symmetry with her own life.


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About the Author
Tara L. Masih is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle (both ForeWord Books of the Year), author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows, and Series Editor of the Best Small Fictions. Her flash has been anthologized in Word of Mouth, Brevity & Echo, Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose, Flash Fiction Funny, and Stripped, and featured in Fiction Writer’s Review for National Short Story Month.
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