14 February, 2010
Read Jeff Snowbarger's short story, "Bitter Fruit," published in Volume 11 Number 2 of Tin House. A young man, Caleb, college dropout, disappoints his father, goes to work for alcoholic cranberry grower, Ely, who commits suicide. Strong visuals, detailed odors, landscapes, and settings fill this short story at about 8,500 words. This story begins with the "resolution" and in reverse reveals how that so-called resolution came to be. "Bitter Fruit" is divided into 9 distinct sections or scenes alternating between Caleb and Ely's situation and Caleb and his father's relationship. Snowbarger is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.