Sunday, November 11, 2007
Short Story Monday
I've decided to continue reading short stories. I will be dipping into them here and there and will try to read at least one each week. Rather than giving reviews, I'll give a brief synapses and my reaction to the story.
The volume I am reading from currently is The Best American Short Stories 2007, edited by Stephen King. I won this book in a giveaway on Danielle's blog last month and decided it would be perfect for my weekly short story forays.
1. Pa's Darling by Louis Auchincloss - set in the sixties, a woman reflects on how her larger than life father overshadowed her life. Readable, but didn't really do anything for me.
2. Toga Party by John Barth - This story takes place in an affluent gated retirement community and centers around one aged couple who are invited by the new people on the street to their toga-themed housewarming party. I really enjoyed this. The characterization of this seventy-something couple was wonderful and I found it to be a fast-paced read with a startling climax. I would be interested in reading more by Barth.