"The Fact of the Matter" - Free Short Story

"The Fact of the Matter" - Free Short Story Summary

Enjoy this free short story from award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle's newest book, The Moment of Tenderness, a collection of 18 short stories, some never before published.

It was a frigid winter day when Old Mrs. Campbell stormed into the Franklins' general store, decrying the devilish nature of her daughter-in-law-a sentiment that deeply disturbed Mrs. Franklin, considering the woman in question, Alicia, was oft described as "saintly" by everyone around her.

When she leaves the store in a huff, Mrs. Franklin thinks she's done with Mrs. Campbell's ravings for the day-until the woman calls her late in the night, urgently demanding to see her.

Blending elements of fantasy and horror, what transpires between the two women over the course of the evening will test the boundaries of reason, faith, and family-and prove that, in times of great danger, even strangers can come together to help one another in need.

For more stories by Madeleine L'Engle, read The Moment of Tenderness, available now.

Book Reviews


Short but sweet4 star

Enjoyed the book, wished it was longer.45


what a weird little book4 star

i dig it though45


Wow5 star

Not what I was expecting at ALL but such an incredible read!!!!!! Wow! All I can say!55


👍🏼5 star

Intriguing, unpredictable short story. The introduction is also lovely.55


Good book5 star

I read this book to my nephew and he falls right asleep with a smile55

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