These are four stories I loved reading.
I Stole Your Wife in the Middle of an IKEA by Helena Pantsis in Complete Sentence
“or, okay, I understand the implications of saying I stole her, as if she is an object, as if she is your property to be stolen, but now I fear I might’ve done just that–so maybe what I mean is…” Make me laugh AND make me marvel over your clever word choices? You are ending up on this list, you bet.
Homecoming by Ashanya Lingam in Asian American Writers’ Workshop
“The women in my mother’s family are different. They are loud and speak over each other in conversations that have no beginning or end, so an outsider would struggle to discern listener from storyteller…” In this piece Ashanya Lingam makes the AUDIENCE feel like they’ve come home, to this warm and loving family.
Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu on Harper Collins
“I was usually on xylophone. On my worst days she gave me a wooden block and a drumstick and tried to convince me that was a valid musical instrument…” When I read and re-read (and re-re-re-re-re-read) A Wrinkle in Time as a kid, the planet Camazotz fascinated me more than anything else in the book. Eventown, in the best possible way, feels like Corey Ann Haydu thinking, “Okay, what IS life like on a typical day in Camazotz?” (Bonus realization: speculative fiction aimed at kids is happily missing the crushingly dull “pick a boy” young adult nonsense.)
The Saint by Vishwas R. Gaitonde in Baltimore Review
“Nobody remembered when the saint first appeared at the temple…” Vishwas not only creates a setting that felt as real as the couch I was sitting on while reading, he creates two parallel characters in one person and makes the audience care about both of them. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.
Join me next week, for four more fantastic stories.