Short Stories All the Time

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I was stopped in my thirteen-year old tracks when I read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," back in the early 1970s, enthralled with the power of a short story's ability to put on the page some of the mystery that is humankind.

Nearly 600 stories are reviewed here.

I write short stories and have a creative writing prompt book, READY, SET, GO WRITE! 1st edition at iBookstore and 2nd edition at Amazon for the Kindle.

I also make short video fiction pieces, "Lemon Cookies," "Stories," and "When."

Oct 15, 2010

Jill McCorkle, "PS"

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.

LINKS:

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