I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story I read in the 1980's in Asimov's about a teenage girl who turned into a werewolf when she got her period.

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    Can you have a look at this guide and edit in anything else you may remember? At the moment this is waaay to brief.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    May 16, 2018 at 16:24

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This is likely Sarah McKee Charnas's 1989 short-story "Boobs".

First publication was in Asimov's.

The story is available for free on-line, so it's easy to check, but the plot revolves around the emotional life of a young lady returning to school with visible secondary sexual characteristics, getting teased about it, discovering that she turns into a werewolf during that time of month, and finding self-worth and freedom therein. Oh, and a little revenge.

The story was nominated for the Nebula and won the Hugo and other awards.

  • Thank you so much. I have to ask: are you related? I went to college with an Andy Charnas, who initially turned me on to her writing.
    – Voxwoman
    May 16, 2018 at 17:52
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    No relation that I'm aware of. There are few enough McKees that meeting another is notable, but enough that the relationship is usually fairly tenuous. May 16, 2018 at 17:56

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