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21 January, 2011

Marlin Barton, "Into Silence"

"Into Silence" is included in The Best American Short Stories 2010 collection. It was first published in The Sewanee Review. I tried to be interested in this story but it exhausted me with the unnecessary adverbs and the wordy phrases. The lack of foreshadowing of Clark's childhood confessions made the story unbelievable and boring for me. Springing Clark's history so near the end felt like trickery. Maybe I had missed earlier clues. I was hoping that the story was going to touch more on  Clark's interest and history with photography. I never felt that he was emotionally attached to photography which felt like a trope to me.

The relationship between Janey and her mother felt a little more real in that Janey being middle-aged and so under the control of her mother was sad but felt somewhat like a cliche. And, even though Barton described some setting, I never got a sense of place that I think had the potential for richness.

All that said, I would like to read this author again as I'm sure his other stories would intrigue me more.

LINKS:
Project MUSE site
The Sewanee Review
An interview with Barton, by Elizabeth Glixman