Jill McCorkle's short story, "PS," is included in the 2010 Best American Short Stories and was first published in The Atlantic. This is a funny story recognizing the hilarious times in our lives that are not funny. It is a 4,500 or so word letter from a prior patient of a marriage counselor. Hannah's husband, after years of marriage, became an evangelical Christian and insisted repeatedly that she "get saved." McCorkle tells an entire story of a marriage and the failing of that marriage through this letter. Even though this is a first-person story, the narrator seems believable and I like the circular pattern of Hannah's feeling like she "...looked lik shit on a stick" at the beginning and by the end, "...I no longer look one bit like shit on a stick."
Read this story again (April 2011) and still found it funny. I think the voice is perfect.
McCorkle's biography on her own web page
Narrative Magazine profile of McCorkle
book tour schedule
great interview with Jill McCorkle conducted by Stacey Cochran for Raleigh television. It's forty minutes long.
Houghton Mifflin site
Best American Series site
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"Lemon Cookies," short story.
"Stories," flash fiction pieces.
"When," short story.
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