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Story: The Wheelbarrow Author: V.S. Pritchett Collection: On the Edge of the Cliff: Selected Short Stories The comendable Turnpike Books have once again unearthed a most interesting collection, this time some of V.S. Pritchett's stories. I have read a bit of Pritchett in the past, not much, but I enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Break Author: Tom Barbash Collection: Stay Up With Me A son returns from college to spend Christmas with his mother. She enjoys the time they spend together and admires the young man he has become. She liked his company, and lately she'd been starting to understand that this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Tree that Loved a Man Author: Ida Procter Collection: First House Have any of you heard of Ida Procter? I hadn't until I saw some posts on Twitter. A chap called @400FootGhost was saying this: It got retweeted by a friend of mine, @brenstrong. I was intrigued so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Chastity Author: Charles Baxter Collection: There's Something I Want You to Do Unusually for me, I read this whole book from start to finish pausing only for a night's sleep in between. I am used to dipping in out of story collections these days. Tackling one story at a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Roy Spivey Author: Miranda July Collection: The New Yorker I have only actively* given up on one book this year, The First Bad Man by Miranda July. I adored her movie, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and had high hopes for the novel but it was just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Kino Author: Haruki Murakami Collection: The New Yorker Thirty-something male narrator? Check. Has he recently split up with his wife? Check. Does he own a jazz bar? Check. Is there a cat? Check. Does the cat disappear at some point? Check. Is food mentioned at all? Check. Any chance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Who Can You Tell? Author: Michael Bentine Collection: Madame's Girls and other stories One side of a conversation. A man is trying to talk his friend down. The friend has had some sort of other-worldly experience — a vision, a UFO sighting, something like that — and the man... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Stranger Author: Richard Hughes Collection: A Moment of Time I found myself quite mesmerised by the opening paragraph of this story. The street in Cylfant was so steep that if you took a middling jump from the top of the village you would not touch ground again until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Tenderfoot Author: Edith Pearlman Collection: Honeydew Bobby has moved to a new town following his divorce. He is a professor at the university. His apartment bathroom looks out over Tenderfoot, a pedicure place. Sometimes at night he will sit on the toilet in the darkness and watch Paige work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Alan Bean Plus Four Author: Tom Hanks Collection: The New Yorker Tom Hanks, yes that Tom Hanks, has written a short story. And it is really rather good. A group of friends decide to build a rocket and fly around the moon. Hanks then proceeds to narrate their efforts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Occupied Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Collection: Abandon the Old in Tokyo More compelling bleakness from the master of gekiga. In this story, a comic book artist becomes obsessed with the pornographic graffiti on a public toilet wall. So much so that it inspires his own work. I do think Tatsumi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Fool and the Fifteen Thieves Author: Richard Hughes Collection: In the Lap of Atlas: Stories of Morocco Hughes is probably best known for his novel A High Wind in Jamaica but he appears to have had a rather varied writing life as well as an, ahem, unconventional private... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Portal Author: J. Robert Lennon Collection: See You in Paradise A family finds a magic portal in their back garden. This was a real surprise to us, because there had been nothing about it in the real estate ad. You'd think the former owners would have mentioned it. Lennon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Breach of Promise Author: Damon Runyon Collection: On Broadway There is a charity bookshelf at Staines train station. I may have mentioned it before. It is regularly stocked with secondhand books and travellers are asked to leave a small donation for a retired train workers' benevolent fund when they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Dogging Author: David L. Hayles Collection: Cannon Fodder Three blokes decide to check out a local rumoured dogging site. They strike it lucky. Unfortunately a badly-placed bare arse and a handbrake conspire to ruin proceedings. I did actually LOL at this, it must be said. A cracking little sordid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Hell Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Collection: Good-Bye A photographer wanders Hiroshima shortly after the atomic bomb. One of the pictures he takes, the shadow of a son massaging his mother's neck which has been burnt into a nearby wall by the blast, becomes an iconic image across Japan and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Thank You for Your Participation Author: Mahsuda Snaith Collection: Beyond the Border This is taken from a collection subtitled 'New Writing by British Asian Women' edited by Farhana Shaikh. On first dipping in I was hoping that these would be stories that happen to have been written by British... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Unwelcome Idea Author: Elizabeth Bowen Collection: The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen I'll be honest, I had never heard of Elizabeth Bowen but I saw this battered old paperback in a local charity shop and it looked chock full of stories so I thought I'd give it a go.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim Author: Jorge Luis Borges Collection: The Garden of Branching Paths This collection has an interesting history, as does this particular translation. Originally published in Argentina in 1941, it was never reprinted. Instead, when a larger collection, Ficciones, was published in 1944 it subsumed its predecessor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Cover Letter Author: Giulio Mozzi Collection: This is the Garden A purse snatcher writes to his victim. He is returning two letters he found alongside her money and trinkets. He has kept the money—'You know how much money you had in your purse, and you have to trust me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: A Christmas Memory Author: Truman Capote Collection: Breakfast at Tiffany's I was a tad underwhelmed when I read Breakfast at Tiffany's a couple of weekends ago as part of a novella marathon session. It was fine, but lacked the charm of the movie (although it was far less racist,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera Author: Richard Kraft Collection: Short Fiction 8 All this week I have been reading and reviewing stories from the latest issue of Short Fiction and today I finish off with the most peculiar of the bunch. Technically this is an extract from a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Castle Author: Robert Boucheron Collection: Short Fiction 8 The life story of Leander Preddy, told in five or six pages. Born during the American Civil War he inherits his father's fortune while young and travels the workd. Taken by the architecture of Europe he decides to build his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Afterlife Author: Theodora Ziolkowski Collection: Short Fiction 8 This one didn't work for me, I'm afraid. A dream-like, poetic story which failed to stick. Reminded me of Beasts of the Southern Wild which I wasn't too keen on either. First duffer in this issue, though. Let's hope it's the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Nightswimming Author: Alex Preston Collection: Short Fiction 8 Preston's contribution to this year's Short Fiction journal features a neatly worked set piece that includes that most beautiful of REM songs. It doesn't feel shoehorned in, which is a relief, and what we have is an hour or so in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories