Category Archives: Fiction – Short Stories

A Review of Diana Gabaldon’s Virgins

One tidbit you might not know about me is that my right shoulder has earned dozens of five-star ratings on AirBnB among the under-two set. It’s not something I’ve cultivated; it’s just one hell of a comfortable shoulder. My left … Continue reading

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A Review of Thom Jones’ The Pugilist at Rest

A teaching mentor once told me that while “B” essays tend to be “B” essays from start to finish without exceptions, “A” essays are often occasionally “C” essays or even “D” essays or “F” essays. The reason, of course, is … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Phil Klay’s Redeployment (by Bethany)

In the title story of this collection, the protagonist confesses to having killed dogs while deployed in Iraq. By the time the story begins, he is back home in North Carolina, reconnecting with his wife and facing the reality that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Phil Klay’s Redeployment (With More to Come Soon) – by Bethany

Tonight’s post is going to be brief. Today I read the first three-fifths of Phil Klay’s Redeployment in more or less the same manner that I first read its literary big brother, The Things They Carried – which is to … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts (for now) on The Best of McSweeney’s (by Jill)

I just checked to see how long it took me to finish this book and essentially I spent the entire month of February with this lovely anthology. I was surprised; because usually when I spend this long on one book … Continue reading

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A Review of George Saunders’ Pastoralia (by Bethany)

The first George Saunders short story I ever read was “Victory Lap,” the first story in his recent collection Tenth of December. It’s a story about two teenagers who live across the street from one another, a boy and a … Continue reading

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Once again I dip into the Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction

I was so excited about today.  I was going to sleep in, spend the day reading enough of the book I’m currently reading to actually do a proper post about it, exercise, have a sensible dinner, and then go to … Continue reading

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