Siegel builds this piece on effective, masterful movement from story-telling through explanatory digressions and back to story. The digressions advance not just our understanding of how this girl could come to die in the way she did, but also the piece’s larger theme: that Candace died, in part, because adults, particularly her mother, couldn’t let her be. Because they wanted more from her. This theme and the evidence that supports it gives the piece great heft.
Read “Seeking a Child’s Love, a Child’s Life is Lost,” by Barry Siegel