I have never read Kate Atkinson or George Saunders
and thought I should, so I put library holds for Kindle versions of whatever
books were first available so I'd have something to read on my flight earlier
this month. Neither became available till this week, though, so I ended up
buying something spur of the moment (Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents
the Art of the Short Story).
So far, out the first seven short stories (three
from Case Histories, four from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline) all minus one have
involved grisly murders (foul play is only insinuated in that instance). That's
not what I expected.
Update: I wrote the above, never posted and then
read a lot more and apparently I have reading comprehension problems because Case
Histories isn't short stories; in fact the full title Case Histories: A Novel, is
pretty much a giveaway. The first three stories mentioned above are chapters,
or rather the case histories that set the stage for the rest of the book. And
now that I'm getting into the meat of everything, the ebook is three days from
expiring. I can never read enough or fast enough anymore, which may be why I gravitate toward short stories.