All posts tagged: Joy Williams

300 short stories:: story 217

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2019 short stories

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 toilet bowl. Starlings with slick black wings. She fears trees and fishes and the bones in meat. She lies a […]

300 short stories:: story 216

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2019 short stories

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 given mirrors or lumps of coals. Elizabeth’s stories were inhabited by wolves and cart horses and solipsists.’” theme(s): Love, Marriage, […]

300 short stories:: story 214

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2019 short stories

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 Williams’ moves through months and years in this story. She does it multiple ways in different parts of the narrative! […]