Category Archives: Fiction – Short Stories

Thoughts on Writers’ Workspaces and on Alice Munro’s “The Office”

There’s no question that Alice Munro’s short story “The Office” – from her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 – was written with Virginia Woolf in mind. The story’s opening paragraph is an arrow pointing directly … Continue reading

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On the road to nowhere: thoughts on the first part of Kim Harrison’s Into the Woods

I am going to try posting from the Word Press iPhone app today because the husband and I are driving to parts unknown for an event of extreme importance and I elected to sleep in today rather than rising early … Continue reading

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A Review of Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock

I bought a copy of The View from Castle Rock when it was first published in 2006, and I read about half of it before putting it aside. I just didn’t like it – and I was well aware that … Continue reading

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A Review (or Sort of a Pre-Review, Really) of Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks’ American Short Story Masterpieces

It’s hard to review a collection of short stories – in fact, I don’t think I’ve reviewed a single one since we started this blog in May of 2012. I’ve read several and wanted to review them, but where would … Continue reading

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Hulga, C’est Moi: Thoughts on Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” (by Bethany)

A long time ago – I was in the seventh grade, I think – I was a part of a group of students clustered around our art teacher’s messy desk. Everyone was talking at once. I don’t remember what I … Continue reading

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