“Birthday Party” by Katharine Brush

by kattomic

“Birthday Party” by Katharine Brush


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Brush was yet another one of those amazing women who wrote for newspapers (she was a columnist for the Boston Traveler) and wrote short stories on the side. She was an O.Henry award winner and this story, according to Wikipedia, is “often taught in literature classes.” (I’m not sure how I missed it.) It’s very short, really just a vignette but it’s memorable, stylish and real, a stranger’s observation of a birthday meal that ends with a surprise. I found this story in an online lesson plan with some thoughtful prompts for discussion. It was originally published in the New Yorker in 1946. You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!