Here’s a lovely write-up on “Ten Things,” the first story in THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST (which you can read in your already-purchased or soon-to-be-purchased copy of the book, or here, online). I love that Michael Czyzniejewski has chosen to blog about a different short story every day for an entire year—he is smart and passionate about the form, and his selections range widely. Reading his blog might be as rigorous as following a college syllabus, but 1000x more fun, because he’s also hilarious.
Anyway, here’s a tease from the post about “Ten Things”:
I feel for the protagonists, no matter what the stories are, and that’s not because of the obvious tragedy. It’s because this writer makes everyone into people instead of tropes, people who do things, need things, want things, and forsake things. I’d bet Pietrzyk could write this book even without this tragedy, or any other, in her own life. She’s got the chops. That’s pretty clear.
Read the rest: https://story366blog.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/march-21-ten-things-by-leslie-pietrzyk/
And here’s the general link to Story 366, the blog: https://story366blog.wordpress.com/