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16 August, 2016

Smith Henderson, "The Trouble"

"The Trouble" is in the current edition, Volume 19, Issue 62, Summer 2016, issue of American Short Fiction. It's written in a close, 3rd person POV. And, is in simple past tense. It's a lovely read and feels more like a novel in that there are many people in the story who could at another instant take on a major narrative role. Almost more than a story about a particular person, it is the story of a town, a small community where everyone knows everyone else's business, and worries, and preferences. It takes place in Montana.

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23 August, 2010

Smith Henderson, "Number Stations"

This story, "Number Stations," is issue number 136 of One-Story. Written in shifting third-person point-of-view and divided into fifteen scenes. Dick Goldsmith's hit-and-run six years earlier haunts him, an ostrich runs lose, Nanna is scared by radio interferences, a parolee tries to keep his job, Charity wants to be beautiful and free at only age seven, Dick's wife runs a flower shop where the customers have to make appointments. Eccentric characters and lots of activity make this a fun read but many of the scenes and most of the characters do not push the story forward.

On the One-Story blog, they refer to this story as being written in an omniscient voice.  To me it seems more like shifting, limited, in that the viewpoint shifts around to various people. I didn't get the sense of an omniscient presence who knows everything.