Reading Hellgoing makes me wonder about Lynn Coady’s personal relationships.
Not for the obvious reasons that other readers might identify, stories like “Body Condom” and “Play the Monster Blind”.
But because I imagine that in order to write a short story, she disappears for a spell.
I imagine she crawls inside the skin of her [...]
Following this morning’s announcement that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize, it seems appropriate to post about the next installment in the Alice Munro reading project.
The Love of a Good Woman contains eight stories; discussions will begin on October 28th, and they will continue on subsequent Mondays.
McClelland & Stewart, 1998
I’ve read some remarkable short story collections this year: Théodora Armstrong’s Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility, Ayelet Tsabari’s The Best Place on Earth, Saleema Nawaz’s Mother Superior, Richard van Camp’s Godless But Loyal to Heaven, Miranda Hill’s Sleeping Funny, and Paul Headrick’s The Doctrine of Affections.
Three more collections have captured my attention in recent weeks: [...]
The title story of this collection, my favourite, “The Variance”, is filled with so many details that it reads a little like a logic puzzle. (I like logic puzzles and short stories.)
2012; Doubleday – Random House, 2013
Sometimes the details have direct and practical significance, as with the choice of baby swing or [...]
“But you better not cross him or he’ll skin you alive….Like he does with his other stuff.”
1994; Penguin, 2007
Liza’s father warned her about Ladner, who made his living as a taxidermist, working for museums.
It wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. Indeed, after that, Liza and her brother spent more time than [...]
1. As an object, this collection from Enfield & Wizenty is striking. And — I can’t tell you how much I love this detail — it has a ribbon to mark your place.
Great Plains Publications – Enfield & Wizenty, 2012
2. Immediately upon finishing the first story (“On the Wings of this Prayer”), [...]
What sets Ayelet Tsabari’s collection apart is the ever-present sense of motion in the stories, even when the characters themselves are struggling with a sense of inertia.
Harper Collins, 2013
I know, I know: that sounds impossible.
But even when the characters appear to be stagnant in some ways, there is a sense of [...]
Sometimes the longest story in a collection has the allure of a key; I want to read it first because I believe that it, like the title story, will contain helpful hints to understanding other stories therein.
Freehand Books, 2008
(Sometimes the longest story is also the title story: this whispers of pure enlightenment. [...]
Consider this Baroque idea, the Doctrine of Affections. That a single movement of music should arouse a single emotion.
Freehand Books, 2010
It’s the perfect title for this collection, for readers can expect a series of intense and diverse emotional responses to each of Paul Headrick’s twelve stories.
The first is set in 19th-Century Paris [...]
In searching for an image for the last story discussed here, “A Wilderness Station”, I came upon a wonderfully long and chatty Paris Review interview with Alice Munro.*
Something she says about her reading came to mind when I had finished “Spaceships Have Landed”.
“Reading was my life really until I was thirty. I was [...]