Short Story Roundup is a feature where I gather the best short stories I’ve read this week and share them with you every Wednesday. The stories might have been published yesterday or 100 years ago, but as long as I’ve read and loved them in a given week, you’ll find them here.
Poetry Suite by Adrienne Novy
- genre: poetry (not fiction at all! is that cheating?)
- publication: NAILED Magazine
- publication date: November 7, 2017
- why I loved it: I have the privilege of knowing Adrienne in real life (we attended the same small liberal arts college) and she is one of my most gifted friends. Though this suite of poems is neither prose nor fiction, I wanted to include it here, since Adrienne deftly weaves together threads of disability, sexuality, trauma, and the sacred into a truly gorgeous narrative. I sometimes struggle to read poetry–it’s a personal failing–but never when Adrienne is writing it.
“Trailer Trash” by Joshua James Sanders
- genre: magical realism, flash fiction
- publication: NANO Fiction
- publication date: March 14, 2016
- why I loved it: A magician visits a trailer park for a kid’s birthday–and things get weird. I was thoroughly charmed by the details of this story, especially because I’ve noticed that flash fiction writers, panicked by the lack of space, will often omit the little sensory observations that make a story feel real.
“Little Reunions” by Eileen Chang (translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz)
- genre: literary/realistic fiction
- publication: Literary Hub (excerpted from the English translation of Chang’s novel)
- publication date: originally, 1976; in English, 2018.
- why I loved it: This is a lovely snippet of what I imagine is a lovely novel; because it’s an excerpt, I didn’t get a full sense of the plot, but I loved the way Chang has captured what the beginning of falling in love feels like, and the way it happens both from within and without: from within as you fall in love, and without as the people around you react to your fall. I plan on seeking out the novel.
What short fiction have you read and enjoyed lately? For the writers out there: Has any of your work appeared online or in print this week? Tell me all about it in the comments!