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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 329

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2019 short stories

story: “Inventory” author: Carmen Maria Machado year: 2017 where: taxi to work note: There are elements of Find Me by Laura van den Berg in this short story. I can’t say this is my favorite work by Machado, but I am intriguing with the idea of playing with background and foreground in fiction. a line: “One man. Gray eyes again. I hadn’t seen him in so many years.” theme(s): Virus outbreak, human contact, survival, globalization

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)

400 short stories: story 310

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2019 short stories

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 consumed.” theme(s): Postwar, loss, disability, tourism industry