All posts tagged: Abu Dhabi

Danielle Evans “Harvest” | Short Story #338

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story: “Harvest” author: Danielle Evans year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self where: Quarantine note: When I began this story, I thought it was going to be a first-person plural POV, but it surprised me into shifting into first-person singular. a line: “Every time I call my house, even those times when I am calling because my mother has forgotten to pick me up or call me back or send me something necessary, […]

Danielle Evans “Snakes” | Short Story #337

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2020 Short Stories

story: “Snakes” author: Danielle Evans year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self where: Quarantine note: I like how this story showed how fear can develop; the example here is a fear of snakes, but it hints at the fear of abandonment and the “other” too. a line: “A confession: because I didn’t know the difference between kinds of intimacy back then, I told each of the first four men I slept with […]

Edith Wharton “Roman Fever” | Short Story #331

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2019 short stories

Dear Reader, For the beginning of this new year, I have decided to try something new. I will be creating short story video reviews in addition to my regular reviews on my website. In December 2016, I began keeping a record of the short stories I read and my affection for the genre has grown and grown ever since. I think short stories are the best kind of reading to recommend, because they are a […]

400 short stories: story 327

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2019 short stories

story: “The Husband Stitch” author: Carmen Maria Machado year: 2017 where: gold sofa note: Feelings on Occam’s razor? craft note: There are stage directions throughout the story. a line: “Afterward, everyone believed that she had wanted to die, even though she had died proving she wanted to live.” extra line: “As a grown woman, I would have said to my father that there are true things in this world observed only by a single set […]

400 short stories: story 325

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2019 short stories

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, science, discovery (also, the Loch Ness Monster)