400 short stories: story 312

story: “Sealed Off” author: Eileen Chang year: 1944 (English translation 2016) where: Blacksmith Coffee note:  Chang's studies were interrupted in Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked (the same week as Pearl Harbor). Chang returned to Shanghai. All Chang's stories (to my knowledge) are set in either Hong Kong or Shanghai. a line: “But," said Cuiyuan, "a girl from …

400 short stories: story 311

story: “The Stone” author: Louise Erdrich year: 2019 where: Happiness Island note:  "This story is about finding solace in an entity that isn’t human." -Erdrich a line: "A stone is, in its own way, a living thing, not a biological being but one with a history far beyond our capacity to understand or even imagine.” & "A stone …

400 short stories: story 310

story: “The Grozny Tourist Bureau” author: Anthony Marra year: 2015 where: Casa, sonnolento note: The opening image of the verdigris-encrusted statue rising from the debris reminds me of Shelley's "Ozymandias." a line: “The minister set down his silverware and began sorting through the little trout bones on his plate, reconstructing the skeleton of the fish he had …

400 short stories: story 309

story: “Granddaughters” author: Anthony Marra year: 2015 where: Some taxi rides. note: First-Personal Plural a line: “Could we have misjudged the seriousness of their relationship? Galina had been as vivid as stained glass, but we hadn't imagined that Kolya might have been the sunlight saturating her.” theme(s): Survival, jealousy, gossip, legacy

400 short stories: story 308

story: “Open Water” author: Deb Olin Unferth year: 2017 where: Mio ufficio note: Flash a line: “She was so disappointed, in this, in them, had wanted much, was offering all, though he had asked for so little.” theme(s): Modern dating, social media