I had never heard of this short story. It’s lyrical, powerful, and dark. It seems to be about a woman who lives in a post-apocalyptic world, but some of the details seem off. Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr., Alice B. Sheldon) slowly gives us the truth of the tale.
I loved this story, but it is slipstream, depending on the venue in which you read the story. (If you read this in The New Yorker, you’d have a completely different take on it than if you read it in an sf collection.)
I’ll keep it in my back pocket for the anthology. But if you’re curious, pick up Her Smoke Rose Up Forever and read the story now.