400 short stories: story 325

story: “inverness” author: Laura van den Berg year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: Like most of her work (excluding the novel Find Me), this story feels heavily researched. a line: “Yet I could not shake the loneliness that had settled in months earlier and clung as stubbornly as the fog to the hilltops.” theme(s): Heartbreak, partnerships, …

400 short stories: story 314

story: “The Miracle Worker” author: Mia Alvar year: 2011 where: with the boys note: the spray bottle finale stunned me a line: “Minnie turned to look toward the parking lot. 'I was eighteen when I came here. I'm forty now. I've never done anything but clean rich Arabs' houses." theme(s): Disability, class, ethics

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 …