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25 September, 2014

Diane Cook, "The Mast Year"

The story starts with Jane expecting to be fired at work but instead her life takes a positive turn with not only not being fired but receiving a raise and a bigger office. Then her boyfriend proposes marriage and all is well with Jane's world. "It was as though the world had heard what she wanted and had finally decided to deliver." But people start showing up at her house, more every day, overcrowding and expectations cause conflicts. It's an allegory in which lessons of expectations and happiness are explored. A mast year, an abundance that attracts,
applies to trees but here is applied to Jane.

"The Mast Year" is in the current edition of Granta, issue 128.