All posts tagged: Paris

300 short stories: story 256

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2019 short stories

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 143

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2018 short stories

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 insufferable, how my grandmother’s unwillingness to be a victim was both pathetic and impressive and made her deserving of at […]

300 short stories:: story 124

2018 short stories

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 feels so autobiographical these days, which is harmless, perhaps. a line: “It’s too much, it’s too much, I shout at […]