Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The New Yorker: "The Entire Northern Side Was Covered With Fire" by Rivka Galchen

Here’s another marriage in trouble, this time from the wife’s point of view. And again, a child is at risk. Trish is a novelist whose husband has left her. She’s pregnant, beginning to worry about moneythe novel’s success is nice, but probably not enough. 

Her brother tells her that her husband has been writing a blog called “I Can’t Stand My Wife.” It turns out that her friend David knows about it, too.

She has a meeting with some “movie people” and they’re interested in completely changing her novel. Her mind is somewhere else, like on a letter she received from a fan who has an idea for a movie based on the Tunguska incident. After she looks that up to find out what it is, it stays in her mind.

I’m not sure the pieces of this puzzle fit together.

June 14 & 21, 2010: “The Entire Northern Side Was Covered With Fire” by Rivka Galchen


Ann Graham said...

I don't know about you but I'm a little dismayed by the lack of actual "real" short stories in this New Yorker fiction issue. This story is just a tiny piece of memoir. Although, there are some really nice passages, it is not a short story, to me.

Clifford Garstang said...

All in all, a disappointing effort. I'm with you.