300 short stories: story 256

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 …

300 short stories:: story 143

story: Why Were They Throwing Bricks?  author: Jenny Zhang year: 2017 where: the gold sofa note: I bought this book on a whim after stumbling upon the author reading at Shakespeare and Company in Paris this July. a line: “I was old enough to understand how one of trauma's many possible effects was to make the traumatized person …

300 short stories:: story 124

story: Ghosts and Empties  author: Lauren Groff year: 2018 where: Paris, 11th arrondissement note: Wow, Groff has written a story about women walking, and joined the ranks of this great tradition of literature. Groff has some stories I really like--“At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners”--and others I could leave; this is one to take, though all her work …