All posts tagged: Mothers and Daughters

300 short stories: story 270

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2019 short stories

story: “Light as a Feather” author: Karen Shepard year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: First weekend back from the USA a line:  “Their story bored her. Their infertility bored her. It was the same as a million other people’s, some of whom she’d met in waiting rooms, all eying each other, as if there were only so many babies and the criteria for getting one hadn’t been made clear.” theme(s): Miscarriage, dementia, mothers and daughters, marriage

300 short stories: story 267

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2019 short stories

story: “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us” author: Laura van den Berg year: 2010 where: Reed College note: I have been time-sharing under a rock; this is my first read by the author, though I’ve known her existence for a long time now. I was fortunate to hear her read last night at Tin House. a line:  “Madagascar was not the first expedition on which I had accompanied my mother.” […]

300 short stories: story 256

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story: “Our Mothers Before Them” author: Jenny Zhang, who I stumbled upon at Shakespeare & Company last summer in Paris year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: From the NYer, “Sour Heart is a feminist bildungsroman—the narrators act upon their world just as much as the world acts upon them—and it depicts, from start to finish, a collective coming of age.” &: This is definitely a long short story, a very good one. a line: “My mother got […]

300 short stories: story 247

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2019 short stories

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 them beside each other. a line: “Weeks before we left New York, my grandmother had told me over the phone from […]