SFINCS Finalist Score: A Sorrow Named Joy, by Sarah Chorn

27 Mar 2024

We are near the end of the first SFINCS (Speculative Fiction Novella Championship), and it's time to start doing a recap of the different finalists and announce our final scores.


  It's time to take a look at A Sorrow Named Joy, by Sarah Chorn


You can get a copy using this handy link.

Joy desires nothing more than her husband's happiness. She spends her days creating the perfect life for him in their idyllic suburban home. Everything is neat, predictable, and in its place.

When Joy finds a picture that hints at a past she cannot remember, the facade cracks. As secrets are revealed, Joy realizes her blissful life is crumbling and to find herself, she must first lose herself.

Perfect, after all, is only an illusion.  

 <<I’ve said it before, and I’ll most definitely say it again, Sarah Chorn is the Queen of writing emotion. Every word she creates, every sentence, character, scene, is absolutely crushing. Not just beautiful prose, but truly deep and thoughtful writing.>> - C.J. Daley, FanfiAddict

<<A Sorrow Named Joy is the perfect example of a standalone novella. Joy’s character arc feels authentic and complete, and the ending left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my chest.>> - Trudie Skies

<<It’s a small and simple story, but it’s built from large and difficult ideas. Like a lazy afternoon breeze and discovering an interesting new scent on the wind.>> - Nils Ödlund

  Gathering all the scores together, we can announce that the final score for A Sorrow Named Joy from Team Jamreads is: