Danielle Evans “Harvest” | Short Story #338

story: “Harvest” author: Danielle Evans year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self where: Quarantine note: When I began this story, I thought it was going to be a first-person plural POV, but it surprised me into shifting into first-person singular. a line: “Every time I call my house, even those times when I … Continue reading Danielle Evans “Harvest” | Short Story #338

400 short stories: story 318

story: “The Weeping Child” author: Jane Gardam year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: I just ordered her collection. I love the ending of this story, because it doesn't follow the conventional rules of short stories. "A ghost of somebody who is still alive"--amazing! a line: “I saw only the housekeeper who was a slut and … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 318

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 312

story: “Sealed Off” author: Eileen Chang year: 1944 (English translation 2016) where: Blacksmith Coffee note:  Chang's studies were interrupted in Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked (the same week as Pearl Harbor). Chang returned to Shanghai. All Chang's stories (to my knowledge) are set in either Hong Kong or Shanghai. a line: “But," said Cuiyuan, "a girl from … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 312

400 short stories: story 311

story: “The Stone” author: Louise Erdrich year: 2019 where: Happiness Island note:  "This story is about finding solace in an entity that isn’t human." -Erdrich a line: "A stone is, in its own way, a living thing, not a biological being but one with a history far beyond our capacity to understand or even imagine.” & "A stone … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 311