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Rebecca Makkai “A Story for Your Daughters, A Story for Your Sons” | Short Story #336

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2020 Short Stories

story: “A Story for Your Daughters, A Story for Your Sons” author: Rebecca Makkai year: 2020 where: Quarantine note: This is a new story from the Spring 2020 issue of The Paris Review; the first paragraph is gorgeous and reads like a fairy tale. For people interested in stories of female utopias (Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Doris Lessing, etc.) this one is for your collection. a line: “His father, before he died, had circled a small […]

300 short stories: story 278

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2019 short stories

story: “Mr. Wu” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Yamanote Atelier, Dubai note: An earlier version of this story is on The Paris Review and is called “Disgust”…I’m glad I read it with its revised title, because the original title is too leading. a line:  “More than anything in the world, perhaps more than winning her heart, he did not want to appear awkward.” theme(s): Attractive, middle-age, love, prostitution,

300 short stories: story 240

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2019 short stories

story: “House of Women” author: Susan Minot year: 1991 where: the gold sofa note: This story was brilliant not only for its evocative descriptions of coastal nature, but also because of its blatant realism about how women talking together can manage to “resurrect” our ex-boyfriends, lovers, and husbands. a line: “By the time the thunder had grown faint the lawn was crowded with them, scores of them, patiently gathered in front of our house.” theme(s): Women, friendship, […]

300 short stories:: story 110

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2018 short stories

story: Her First Elk  author: Rick Bass year: 2003 where: work, Saadiyat, between meetings note: I did not expect to like this story as much as I did. a line: “And once they had the elk overturned, Ralph emasculated it with his skinning knife, cutting off the ponderous genitals and tossing them farther into the field with no self-consciousness; it was merely the work that needed doing.”