300 short stories: story 247

story: “Fire Horse” author: Karen Shepard year: 2017 where: Home, in bed note: I love this story, though I hesitate to call it one story. It feels like two stories about the same characters. Margaret Atwood has two stories like that in Bluebeard's Egg, but she chose to split them into two titles and group … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 247


300 short stories:: story 208

story: “The Salt Garden” author: Margaret Atwood year: 1983 where: Dubai, Common Ground note: I adore this collection and find the protagonist Alma to be so layered. a line: “She can't remember ever having astonished any of her friends with tricks from the instruction book. Astonishing herself was enough.” theme(s): time

300 short stories:: story 200

story: “Loulou; or, the Domestic Life of the Language” author: Margaret Atwood year: 1986 where: in the taxi, on the way to work note: If I ever login to Facebook, I see these advertisements for Atwood's online Masterclass and each time, it makes me want to read more of her fiction. a line: “'Loulou thinks to reify … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 200

300 short stories:: story 102

story: Uglypuss  author: Margaret Atwood (pre-The Handmaid's Tale) year: 1983 where: london, black coffee note: this story is featured in the phenomenal collection, Bluebeard's Egg. It also has an intriguing POV swap near the end. a line: “Tonight, she feels dingy, old. Soon she will start getting into the firming cream; she will start worrying about her eyelids. Beginning … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 102

100 days 100 short stories:: story seventeen

story: Where Do You Go?   author: Samar Farah Fitzgerald year: 2013 where: in bed, surrounded by luggage needed to be packed note: the lake, the lush sleepy town, feels pushed up against Margaret Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg, utterly enjoyable (both stories) a line: “And at some point, Vega's unlikely reaction to Henry's attention--the very fact that she didn't anticipate falling … Continue reading 100 days 100 short stories:: story seventeen