1970s science fiction short story about a young mother going crazy?
August 21, 2014 5:53 AM Subscribe
There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s.
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The title was long and interesting, something like "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" (not that one, obviously, but it had a similarly cool title). I remember at one point one of the children is choking, and the mother pounds him/her on the back and child coughs up a "tiny green snake with red glass eyes" which is the cereal box prize. Other parts of the story involve her dealing with laundry and such. I realize this doesn't sound like science fiction, but it was definitely in a well-known sci-fi anthology and had a laudatory blurb about the author. Any ideas which one I'm thinking of?