Re: Amputation scene
Please note I know nothing about the medical technicalities of amputation; I only have experience from what I have read (in fiction) before. Frankly, I loved it. I felt it was very realistic, and I adore the instruction for the arm to be cut like a steak.
I think what really stood out for me was the emotion surrounding it. The one man who loved the girl who was told he shouldn't do it, the worry over the approaching people etc. All of that bound it together.
A strong piece of writing. I want to read more. Very well done!