400 short stories: story 315

story: “Legends of the White Lady”

author: Mia Alvar

year: 2011

where: home sweet home

note: Utterly absorbing–would say more, but rushing!

a line: “’I’ve never had to leave my country to find work,” he said, ‘but thanks.’”

theme(s): Nationality, migration, beauty, age,


400 short stories: story 314

story: “The Miracle Worker”

author: Mia Alvar

year: 2011

where: with the boys

note: the spray bottle finale stunned me

a line: “Minnie turned to look toward the parking lot. ‘I was eighteen when I came here. I’m forty now. I’ve never done anything but clean rich Arabs’ houses.”

theme(s): Disability, class, ethics

300 short stories: story 268

story: “Contract Overseas”

author: Mia Alvar

year: 2015

where: Bagdad Theater on Hawthorne Blvd.

note: I love brother sister sibling stories. This collection was recommended to me in Aspen.

a line:  “After the cafés closed, they spilled into the dormitories to prolong such life-and-death debates as whether literature had social duties, as Salvador Lopez believed, or whether art’s only obligation was to art itself, as Jose Garcia Villa did.”

theme(s): Siblings, sacrifice, education, womanhood, writing