Author: Danielle M. Walters
Editor: Jordan A. Rothacker
Artist: Eric Diotte
When a man falls from a balcony during a concert of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a mystery begins to unfold in the local newspaper. In a dreamlike, whimsical vision of Charleston, South Carolina, a strange puppeteer seems to pull the strings on several unconnected individuals who face trials of death, aging, and adultery. Cut the Thread questions the reality of what is witnessed within the confines of fiction. What seems to be ordinary occurrence under an umbrella of printed mystery becomes a grand gesture of performance.
Cut the Thread by Danielle Walters was selected as The Plaza Literary Prize 2016 winner. The prize was judged by our 1888 team of readers and the 2016 Jury–Neelanjana Banerjee, Ben Loory, Lilliam Rivera, Kevin Smokler, and David L. Ulin.