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18 April, 2016

Junzō Shonō, "A Dance"

This short story, "A Dance," was written by Japanese writer Junzō Shonō in 1950 and translated by Wayne P. Lammers and included in the English version, Still Life and Other Stories. It tells the story of a working class family in which the husband has fallen in love with a younger co-worker. His wife knows because he is no longer emotionally available to her. In the end, it's about "we all prefer to avert our eyes from unpleasantness." The husband and wife never discuss the mistress but in the end they dance and we are left wondering if the wife has discovered a way to cope or if she's indeed going to go to Paris or if she'll confront him. She says, "I want my husband to love me." It also deals with the pain and guilt and heaviness a person holds who has a secret that they cannot share. The viewpoint shifts  between husband and wife.

Favorite Lines:
"A crisis in the home is like the gecko you find clinging to the overhead vent in the kitchen."

"After the husband had fallen asleep that night, the wife wept in silence over the letter that had failed to reach her husband's heart."

Still Life and Other Stories was published in 1992 by Stone Bridge Press. Junzō Shonō died in 2009 at the age of 88.