September has come and gone, and today is the first day of a brand-new month which, over here at The Short Story Station, means that two new short stories will share the spotlight for the entire month.
But before that, allow us to ask: how did you find the short stories for the month of September, Jon by George Saunders and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro? Did you enjoy them? Will you be reading more short stories from these acclaimed authors, or will you be branching out to other short fiction writers as well? Or will you simply stick to your novels and other full-length works? We’d love to hear from you.
For October, this contributor has picked one very popular fantasy and science fiction writer, and one whose name is, in contrast, relatively unfamiliar. Both writers are, however, exceptional in their own rights, and The Short Story Station wishes to highlight such talent. So, for the whole month of October, we’ll be reading (and writing about) these stories: Neil Gaiman’s Hugo-winning short story, A Study in Emerald, and Yiyun Li’s more recent offering via The New Yorker, A Sheltered Woman.
“I am selfish, private and easily bored. Will this be a problem?”
My choice of A Study in Emerald, aside from Gaiman being one of my favorite writers, is to add variety in our short story selections. Short fiction, just like our favorite novels, can also be enjoyed in various genres. After Munro and Saunders last month, both of whom are more identified with the literary genre, I thought that a little bit of fantasy would be perfect to mix things up a notch. Referencing to Sherlock Holmes’s A Study in Scarlet, A Study in Emerald is one of Gaiman’s most popular short stories, and it would be interesting to know what readers think of it. It appeared in other anthologies before being published in Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, a collection of Gaiman’s short stories.
“I wonder who’s enjoying the rocking more, she said to herself: the chair, whose job is to rock until it breaks apart, or you, whose life is being rocked away? And which one of you will meet your demise first?”
On the other hand, I picked Yiyun Li’s A Sheltered Woman because I believe very few people are familiar with Li and her works, which is a shame because she is a very brilliant writer. Aside from showcasing selected short stories, one of our goals here at The Short Story Station is to introduce underrated or less popular short fiction writers to as many readers as possible, in order that they may be properly acknowledged and their works appreciated. This October, let us introduce you to the lovely short fiction created by Li, starting with A Sheltered Woman, a story about people, their histories and ties – or the lack thereof.
Happy October, everyone, and we do hope you will join us in reading and discussing this month’s stories. Kindly click on the links below to read the stories online.
* A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
* A Sheltered Woman by Yiyun Li