All posts tagged: Mothers and Daughters

Joy Williams “Honored Guest”|Short Story #344

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2020 Short Stories

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 failed at keeping this little short story journal up-to-date, but I’m interested in changing that. I’m going to do a […]

300 short stories: story 282

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2019 short stories

story: “To Reach Japan” author: Alice Munro year: 2012 where: Starbucks, Festival City note: I picked up this book for only 39 dirhams–Dear Life–and the writing is so good, so much denser than what I’ve been reading, books by younger contemporary female writers, mostly. Her style (as well as the font) reminds me of the Maeve Binchy books of my childhood. a line:  “In the decade that they had already entered but that she at least had not […]

300 short stories: story 280

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2019 short stories

story: “The Locker Room” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Somewhere in Dubai note: The ending is a stunner. a line:  “But I never did try very hard to please my mother. In fact, I never tried hard to please anybody at all after that day in the locked room. Now I only try hard to please myself. That is all that matters here. That is the secret thing I found.” theme(s): Young love, individuality, angst, mothers […]

300 short stories: story 275

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2019 short stories

story: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1966 where: Casa note: Damon and I also watched Smooth Talk, the 1985 movie based on the short story. Much debate ensued. a line:  “But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music and the humid night air of […]