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 the Literary Wives discussion at the following blogs. Naomi of Consumed by Ink Kay of What Me Read Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors Ariel of One... Continue Reading →

The Drive Home

Being afraid is exhilarating. I had just dashed up the carpeted stairs of our hundred-year-old house, pushing the laundry chute closed as I passed. I made it to my purple room and crashed into my dresser. I began scooping up all of the contents, throwing them into my small My Little Pony suitcase. I could... 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 the emptiness of the newly painted room echoed the grief that rang out in my voice.  The walls seemed to be closing... Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: Short Stories

I’ve read a few different short story collections by Ernest Hemingway.  Here are my musings on some of the specific stories in those collections. “Soldier’s Home,” from the collection In Our Time (1925), is a product of Modernism, a literary and social movement surrounding World War I in which the world experienced dramatic change.  Harold... 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 younger and my only one), and I sat on a picnic blanket and read while she played.  It was a warm spring... Continue Reading →

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