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."

Mar 31, 2013

Edith Pearlman, "Honeydew"

Alice Toomey, headmistress of a girls' school, deals with an anorexic high-school junior who wrecks some havoc in Alice's duties and easy running of the school. My favorite thing about this story, well
two things, are the complex dual lives everyone has and the scientific information about the Coccidae, a beetle. Their way of eating and excreting sap at the rate of many times their weight every hour is amazing but not as much as the fact that "...nomads still eat it-relish it. It is called honeydew."

Emily, the intelligent anorexic, is fascinated by insects. Her mother, Ghiselle, looks like a gazelle. Alice in her heavy Celtic look differs from Emily's svelte mother. Emily's father is a physician and anatomy instructor and keeps a cool head about Emily's disease. "Emily must find her own way to continue to live." Her mother, "We can chain her to a bed and ram food down her throat."

Several other secrets I won't reveal show and remind us that we never know what other people think nor do we ever really know what goes on in their private lives, behind closed doors.

"Honeydew" was first published, at their solicitation, in Orion magazine and subsequently selected for inclusion in the 2012 Best American Short Stories.