Jay at Bibliophilopolis has sponsored a short story event called Deal Me In for several years. I have haphazardly dipped in and out of this challenge because I do not normally read many short stories. Yet, their power is not to be underestimated; in fact, it seems a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon: reading something brief but powerful before the work week starts.
I have begun with a short story from JoJo Moyes’ collection, Paris for One. There are nine stories in this book with the following titles:
- Paris For One
- Between The Tweets
- Love in the Afternoon
- A Bird in the Hand
- Crocodile Shoes
- Last Year’s Coat
- Thirteen Days with John C
- The Christmas List
“Paris for One”, the first story, is about Nell, who unexpectedly ends up in Paris alone after her boyfriend has essentially abandoned her. She is a person who likes to be in control of her life, planning each detail to the smallest minutiae, and so this unexpected event could have thrown her into a panic. But, when she finds two tickets to a sold out performance, she decides to go and abruptly changes the course of her weekend and her life.
This was a simple story, but a charming one, written in JoJo’s inimitable, comfortable style. I will enjoy reading the others in this collection for Jay’s challenge.
And you? Do you have any favorite short stories?