A short story a day review

Wheels, John McGahern, THE COLLECTED STORIES

by Patti Abbott

A man takes a dreaded trip home to visit his father and stepmother, not knowing if his father even wants him to stay the night. The story begins and ends on a train, hence the title. Enigmatic but the writing is superb.

#48: The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life, by Zen Cho

by djsacramento

#48: The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life, by Zen Cho

Synopsis: Angela’s side of the dragon/Prudence story.

She thought she would probably need one pair of formal shoes, but she couldn’t decide whether she should pack the new fancy shoes—which were beautiful and appropriate, but untried—or the old stalwart black peeptoes. They were a little manky, but they had seen her through May Balls and medsoc dinners alike.

“Bring both,” said her old self.

Her old self could not enter the room without Angela’s permission. She hovered at the window, peering in.

Angela was not going to invite her in. It was a cold night, but the dead don’t feel the cold.

I don’t know if it’s obvious by now, but I’m a huge Zen Cho fan. I would love to hear Zheng Li’s side of the story too. Or one of the singing tomatoes.

“The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life” is available online for free.

“Mrs. Chatterjee’s Toothbrush” by Gaurav Singha Roy

by kattomic

“Mrs. Chatterjee’s Toothbrush” by Gaurav Singha Roy

06.20.12

Story 170/366

Roy, a software engineer in India, describes himself as a “closet writer” and lists some of his favorite writers as Stephen King, P.G. Wodehouse, Neil Gaiman, Satyajit Ray, and  Roald Dahl. This story is wonderfully snarky and a lot of fun. Mrs. Chatterjee is a woman who knows what she wants and she wants her toothbrush! You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!