Category Archive: Short Stories

Literary Wives: There Is No One Way to Be a Woman

American Housewife (2016), a collection of short stories by Helen Ellis, is the Literary Wives bloggers’ pick for this month. It is witty, poignant, hilarious, dark, timely, and accessible. Please see more of… Continue reading

I Love You No Matter What

“My dad’s not gay!  You’re a liar!”  I had never spoken to anybody with such violence, but I did so now to Jenny, a childhood friend. We were settled in her bedroom, and… Continue reading

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Short Story about Modernity

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000), a woman who did not start writing until after her sixtieth birthday in the 1970s, was not what scholars would consider a traditional modernist.  She did not write during modernism’s… Continue reading

Born to Bump: Allred’s New Short Story Collection

I first encountered the short story collection A Simplified Map of the Real World (2013) by Stevan Allred when I got an email from the editor.  She is Laura Stanfill, whom I’ve met… Continue reading

Hemingway Week: Bitch Goddesses

Warning: This post explores the literary term “bitch goddess,” and I therefore use that word frequently.  I understand that this is offensive and upsetting to some people, so please don’t take it personally… Continue reading

Reading Maile Meloy

I first read Maile Meloy’s work through a short story in an anthology I had purchased during my Master’s program.  I took my oldest daughter to the park at that time (she was… Continue reading

John Steinbeck’s Pastures in Heaven

My Internet has been down for two days.  Two days!  It seemed like we would die.  I could only check email on my phone (which is new, and I barely know how to… Continue reading