A Little Life is a lot of book

Hanya Yanagihara's superb novel is more than 700 pages--that's 32 hours and 51 minutes on audiobook. I listened to it in the car and, unusual for me, put in earphones to continue out of it. Often I sat in the driveway and in parking lots, transfixed by the story, not wanting to break away. A … Continue reading A Little Life is a lot of book

A story that struck a familiar chord

Narrative's Story of the Week is The Indianness, by Geeta Tewari. I don't always read these stories--or read them right away. But I opened this morning's as soon as I saw it. My first novel (recently rewritten and in need of beta readers) is about an arranged Indian marriage), so a story titled The Indianness had … Continue reading A story that struck a familiar chord

A short story education: The Gotham Fiction Gallery

Every short story contest offers a pithy description of what constitutes a winning story. The complete story world, characters that intrigue, sensuous prose, original approach, and on and on. Hoorah. I'm in. Yet so often I read work in the Paris Review, New Yorker, The Atlantic and various literaary quarterlies and think, I wouldn't want … Continue reading A short story education: The Gotham Fiction Gallery