I’ve been reading a short story every afternoon. Most…I could do without. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, they are just too, well, short, to have enough of a plot to intrigue me.
But, every once in awhile I will hit a gem that is really beautiful, or important, or meaningful.
The most recent of these is “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. He writes from the perspective of a husband whose wife invites an old friend of hers to come and stay with them–a blind man that she used to read to. The husband is NOT pleased about this. How is he supposed to interact with this person? Ugh. But, that interaction, as you would expect, turns out to be completely lovely, if a little awkward at first.
I’m finding these stories in a big textbook collection–Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary Sixth Edition by Charles Bohner and Lyman Grant