[Loreena Stanga talks lightness in Hanna Al Shaykh’s “The Keeper of the Virgins”]

Hanna Al Shaykh’s, “The Keeper of the Virgins” follows an unnamed dwarf in a world that pities or scoffs at him. The dwarf meanders about his life, immersed in study, reflection and writing. Each day, he leaves his family home afoot and makes the two-hour trip to the convent with the hope of catching a […]

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Matt Stiglbauer talks pacing and Calvino's quickness in "The Courtshipof Mr. Lyon" by Angela Carter

Angela Carter’s The Courtship of Mr. Lyon tells the story of a down-on-his-luck lawyer whose car breaks down in the snow during Christmastime. He does not have the money to buy his daughter the one thing she asked for: a single white rose. He walks to get help after his car dies and comes upon […]

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"Language as It Ought to Be" — Kandace Taylor looks at exactitude in Juno Diaz’s

Junot Diaz’s “Ysrael” is the story of brothers Yunior and Rafa who are spending a typical summer just outside the town of Ocoa in the Dominican Republic. This particular summer becomes a lot more interesting when the boys go on a mission to discover what lies beneath the mask of a local boy named Ysrael, […]

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Hurley Winkler and exactitude in Raymond Carver’s “Are These Actual Miles?”

Raymond Carver’s short story “Are These Actual Miles?” follows the journey of Toni, an independent woman with all the power as she sells a car, as her husband, Leo, sits at home, trying to configure his wife’s progress throughout the night. Carver tells the story with a slant toward Leo’s point of view, heavily expressing […]

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Veronica Zuniga talks point of view and theme rhyme in Can Xue’s “The Child who Raised Poisonous Snakes”

Can Xue’s “The Child who Raised Poisonous Snakes,” deals with mysterious child Sha-yuan, who raises baby snakes in a paranormal way his parents and the narrator find hard to understand. The story implies that bad health comes from the lack of acceptance of the unordinary—Sha-yuan’s mother looks wan and sallow, and almost bald, and his […]

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