400 short stories: story 324

story: “Sugar Boots” author: Lorraine M. López year: 2009 where: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok note: Catching-up on my records! a line: “As he bathes three-year-old Beau, Leo Garza thinks about murder.” theme(s): Abuse, murder, care-taking, grandparents

400 short stories: story 319

story: “A Visit of Charity” author: Eudora Welty year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: Great introduction from Ann Patchett to Welty's The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. a line: “Did you come to be our little girl for a while?' the first robber asked.” theme(s): Old Age, Old women, Charity, health

400 short stories: story 317

story: “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” author: Mavis Gallant year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: reread a line: “Snow, which he tasted, melted on her hands. His gesture of licking snow from her hands was formal as a handshake.” theme(s): Self-delusion, expatriate life, storytelling, loyalty

400 short stories: story 310

story: “The Grozny Tourist Bureau” author: Anthony Marra year: 2015 where: Casa, sonnolento note: The opening image of the verdigris-encrusted statue rising from the debris reminds me of Shelley's "Ozymandias." a line: “The minister set down his silverware and began sorting through the little trout bones on his plate, reconstructing the skeleton of the fish he had …