These are four stories I loved reading.
The Soft Th by Rosaleen Lynch in Janus Literary
“My English teacher counted my ‘you knows’ during a debate and the soft ‘th’ that made ‘dis’ out of ‘this’ and ‘dat’ out of ‘that’…” Want to find out what a 101 word story that effortlessly covers 30 years and makes you want to hug the author feels like? Go read this story by Rosaleen Lynch.
Untameable by Zahirra Dayal
“Sundays smelled like burnt hair because that was when you had your hair tamed…” Zahirra Dayal had me involuntarily saying, “YES!” out loud as I read the last paragraph. I’m just mad it wasn’t book-length. (Write this book, Zahirra, I WILL BUY IT.)
Space Oddity by Mark Stocker in Ellipsis Zine
“Alan next door was that kid – the one always saying stuff, like when he said David Bowie was an old friend of the family on his mum’s side who was forever popping round for tea or just to see how everything was going…” I didn’t have any friends when I was Alan’s age, but if I had I’d have been Alan. Mark Stocker creates a character, a family, and a neighbourhood I believed in with all my heart.
Third Class Superhero by Charles Yu by Mariner Books
“We’re deep in Sunday Afternoon. This neighbourhood is called Luxury Car Commercial. Absolute last place I ever thought we’d be.” This collection of short stories by Charles Yu is funny and sad and my favourite is “Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction”. I mean, I wrote that and then I was like, “Except maybe it was “401(k)”. Or “The Man Who Became Himself”. Or – look! Go read it! It’s fantastic.
Join me next week, for four more wonderful stories.