400 short stories: story 329

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: …

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 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