Bliss, by Katherine Mansfield
#1: “Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Synopsis: childlike narrator Bertha hosts a dinner party and marvels at her guests, her life and the big old pear tree out back.
But of course that’s only half the story. So much of what happens is what’s not told explicitly: Bertha misreading her attraction to one of the dinner guests as simple fascination, her inability to understand what she finds so fascinating about that darn pear tree and why she feels so profoundly disconnected from her own child.
Although Bertha Young was thirty she still had moments like this when she wanted to run instead of walk, to take dancing steps on and off the pavement, to bowl a hoop, to throw something up in the air and catch it again, or to stand still and laugh at – nothing – at nothing, simply.
Bliss is available online here.