Joy Williams “Honored Guest”|Short Story #344

story: “Honored Guest” author: Joy Williams year: 2004 where: Philadelphia, the first day of Thanksgiving break note: As can be expected, I have been reading a lot of short stories since returning to school full-time this August. With repatriating, Covid, schoolwork, bouts of melancholia, missing traveling, city life, dates, and hunkering down, and....and....and... I have … Continue reading Joy Williams “Honored Guest”|Short Story #344


300 short stories:: story 217

story: “The Excursion” author: Joy Williams year: 1972 where: Dining hall on Saadiyat note: What a fascinating story construction; Williams moves seamlessly in and out of childhood and adulthood of the protagonist. a line: “Jenny lies a little. She is just a little girl, a child with fears. She fears that birds will fly out of the … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 217

300 short stories:: story 216

story: “The Wedding ” author: Joy Williams year: 1972 where: home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play note: The ending reminds me of the Chagall painting "Over the Town"...also his "Wedding" but not as much! a line: “The people in Elizabeth's fables were always looking for truth or happiness and they were always being … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 216

300 short stories:: story 214

story: “The Lover” author: Joy Williams year: Originally published in 1973 in Esquire  where: Abu Dhabi note: I've been reading Joan Silber's non-ficiton book The Art of  Time in Fiction, which explores the various ways writers convey the passage of time in their stories, and maybe that is why I am so mesmerized by how … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 214