400 short stories: story 326

story: “The Veldt” author: Ray Bradbury year: 1950 where: mio ufficio note: The children's names are Wendy and Peter. a line: “Then suddenly they realized why those other screams had sounded familiar.” theme(s): technology, death, parenting,

400 short stories: story 325

story: “inverness” author: Laura van den Berg year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: Like most of her work (excluding the novel Find Me), this story feels heavily researched. a line: “Yet I could not shake the loneliness that had settled in months earlier and clung as stubbornly as the fog to the hilltops.” theme(s): Heartbreak, partnerships, …

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