All posts tagged: american fiction

400 short stories: story 305

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2019 short stories

story: “Chechnya” author: Anthony Marra year: 2010 where: kitchen table, Abu Dhabi note: Marra’s novel is on my list. a line: “Time was marked not by minutes but by men. Eight one night, eleven the next. Each felt like a porcupine between her legs. Men from Rome, Naples, and Palermo. Men from Scotland, Luxembourg, and Germany. American men. Australian men. They called her Natasha, and she didn’t understand how they knew her name. Then another woman told […]

300 short stories: story 276

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2019 short stories

story: “The Use of Force” author: William Carlos Williams year: 1938 where: Al Reem Island, summer note: This early example of flash fiction appears in the syllabus for a Stanford University course on the rise of scientific medicine. The syllabus also includes the term “the medical gaze.” I think this is in my top 20 favorite short stories. a line:  “The father tried his best, and he was a big man but the fact that she was his […]

300 short stories: story 270

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2019 short stories

story: “Light as a Feather” author: Karen Shepard year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: First weekend back from the USA a line:  “Their story bored her. Their infertility bored her. It was the same as a million other people’s, some of whom she’d met in waiting rooms, all eying each other, as if there were only so many babies and the criteria for getting one hadn’t been made clear.” theme(s): Miscarriage, dementia, mothers and daughters, marriage