300 short stories: story 283

story: “Train”

author: Alice Munro

year: 2012

where: post-Flywheel, Social House (terrible breakfast)

note: “I have never kept diaries. I just remember a lot and am more self-centered than most people,” from an interview with Alice Munro about the book. This story went in places I did not expect it to go.

a line:  “She had caught the terrible flu of 1918 in which so many people died, and when she came out of it she was strange. Not really mute, because she could make words, but had lost many of them.”

theme(s): Post-WWII, trains, small towns, country vs. city, running away


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