The innocence of children is lost on the children
The Raft is a story about Chanelle, a young abused girl looking to escape just like the heroes in the books she relishes.
We may dream of childhood as a state of joy and innocence, but children inhabit the same world adults do. The Raft is the first in a series of short stories where Maya Goode explores childhood with an unfiltered lens. From abuse, mental illness and suicide to first love and unending compassion.
This is a short story of 4,800 words.