Faith Fixed Like Stars
On "Faith Fixed Like Stars" by Victor Okechukwu
by Laura Maylene Walter
The opening paragraph of “Faith Fixed Like Stars” offers an array of sensory details—“blades of morning light intermingled with the dust and noise from car drivers yelling against each other, tires wobbling in potholes, clashing horns, mothers shouting at their children to be careful on the road, vendors calling about the dailies, bread sellers beckoning on customers, and shop owners opening their wares”—to thrust the reader into a bustling, vivid setting. That first paragraph piqued my interest at once, and as the story unfolded to reveal a family tragedy, I knew I wanted to choose this piece for an editorial mentorship.