story: “A Story for Your Daughters, A Story for Your Sons”
author: Rebecca Makkai
note: This is a new story from the Spring 2020 issue of The Paris Review; the first paragraph is gorgeous and reads like a fairy tale. For people interested in stories of female utopias (Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Doris Lessing, etc.) this one is for your collection.
a line: “His father, before he died, had circled a small mountain village on his map, had noted that the trading was good but the trip took two difficult days.”
theme(s): Female utopia, secrets, men and women