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Danielle Evans “Harvest” | Short Story #338

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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 am calling because my mother has forgotten to pick me up or call me back or send me something necessary, […]

400 short stories: story 318

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2019 short stories

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 kept a television set going–with the sound turned down–the whole time I was with her. All the time she looked […]

400 short stories: story 312

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2019 short stories

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 a good family won’t want to be a concubine, will she? And so many legal problems…” theme(s): Modern love, wartime, […]

400 short stories: story 311

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2019 short stories

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 is a thought that the earth develops over inhuman time. It is a living thing to some cultures and a […]