"Annie, Listening" is told in first person POV and in past tense. We are not sure how much older Annie is at the telling of the story. She and Ben, 16, have a mother with depression and we see these two kids dealing with it the best they know how. The father is present in their lives but often away at work so he doesn't figure prominently. The story is heartbreaking but not melodramatic. The language is straight forward and realistic. I like this story very much. It leaves me wondering how Annie turned out as an adult. She undoubtedly will have emotional baggage.
This story, written in 1991, is part of the anthology, Something in Common: Contemporary Louisiana Stories.