Friday, August 7, 2009

great story to read

Since many readers of the blog will have read the interview we just did with Stuart Dybek, I´ve decided to praise one of the best stories I´ve read this year. Dybek recommends that writers READ, and this is a story worth studying.

Appearing in Blackbird, Molly Giles's "Ghost Dog" gives the first person p.o.v. of an abused, hopeful vagabond living on the island of Kaua’i. The hope is the man she loves, Les, will build the Center--where an ancient Asian ritual of visualizing energy will apparently heal sickness.

Check out the way the story uses metaphor indirectly, through description and modest but trenchant prose. That first scene encapsulates the meaning and purpose of the entire story without interrupting the fictive dream.

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