Short Story Reads: August 11-17, 2012

“On the Uses of the Dead to the Living”

Author: Amanda Curtin
Publication: Inherited
Publication type: Short story collection, single author

Favorite lines:
“Imagine that it’s 1860, it’s a beautiful stately home in the country, it’s a carriageway lined with poplars and elms and departed family members, twice varnished for maximum weatherproofing. A professor of phrenology is balancing on a ladder, probing the preserved heads of ancestors, taking measurements and notes and recording data for explication of the family line, making predictions about its future, your future. You are a Victorian. You don’t know what to believe” (Curtin 41).

“Hamburger Moon”

Author: Amanda Curtin
Publication: Inherited
Publication type: Short story collection, single author

Favorite lines:
“Resisting the desire to be the star of the group, the one with the most bizarre deviancies, has been difficult, for she craves the ambrosia of specialness, but she has learned new ways for old addictions” (Curtin 47). 

“Shakedown”

2012 Tusculum Review Fiction Prize Winner

Author: Elizabeth Gonzalez
Publication: The Tusculum Review, Vol. 8. 2012
Publication type: Literary Journal, Print edition

Favorite lines:
“It’s not the size of the task, that would be one thing — it’s because there’s something in the assembled train that wasn’t on the floor with the parts. It’s like holding up a jacket and a pair of arms sliding in and a live person walking away — he, the jacket holder, is astonished every time” (Gonzalez 45). 

“Post-Industrial Love”

Author: Alexander Weinstein
Publication: Fast Forward: The Mix Tape
Publication type: Flash fiction collection, multiple authors, eds. Forman, Morris & Stohlman

Favorite lines:
“There’s something frightening, almost criminal, about appearing in public with a hanger. A wooden coat rack, on the other hand, carries an air of respectability” (Weinstein 2). 

“Crossing the Border”

Author: Ian Hunter
Publication: Fast Forward: The Mix Tape
Publication type: Flash fiction collection, multiple authors, eds. Forman, Morris & Stohlman

Favorite lines:
“Licking my lips, I pressed on the accelerator, taking us down the road towards another of those 90 degree turns, while brightly coloured hotels and houses appeared on either side of us, like the blooming of strange flowers” (Hunter 6-7). 

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I’m challenging myself to read five short stories each week. The stories can be from collections or magazines, online or print, novella or flash.

I’ll post my short story reads for each week here on Friday, with a few notes about each story.

Have you read any short stories this week you’d like to recommend?

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