For those who enjoy short works by Canadian writers, for those who have a tidy little shelf of Granta magazines, Issue #141 was edited by Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux.
Many of the works were translated and are available in their original French on the website, but for those of us reading on the page, the issue was remarkably satisfying.
The images and the words carried me through nearly two months of morning reading. Fortunately, Naomi (at Consumed by Ink) and I discovered that we were reading through the collection around the same time.
From then on, we read along together, in a kinda sorta coordinated rhythm, one of us getting ahead and, then, the other.
Mostly we kept in touch via Twitter, our bookmarks moving ahead alongside various winter storm warnings and early-darkened evenings. (She had more snow days than I did: that seems unfair.)
It was especially nice to have company with some of these stories, the kind that leave you feeling disoriented, shaken even. (Both Thien and Leroux are challenging writers, keen to keep readers on their collective toes.)
Many of the narratives leave readers with questions, overt or implied. More than once, I had the urge to check my understanding of something. There was company in the absence of certainty.
And we were both particularly fond of the Margaret Atwood story, which was the exactly the kind of story that makes us both want to snorty-laugh and, if one is a snorty-laugher, it is always best to have company in that state.