387 Short Stories: Day 26: Story 26: Builders by Richard Yates

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates

Title: Builders
Author: Richard Yates
Taken from the Collection: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Richard Yates’ stories are grim and full of misery. They are about normal everyday people leading grim lives and in that sometimes, he throws in a glimmer of hope and takes it away as cruelly from the reader. I have always loved his novels and today it was his turn in the short story project.

“Builders” is about a cab driver who hires a young writer to turn his experiences to fiction. The story is well bound and told with a detached tone and yet something about it (perhaps humour – a little bit of it) pulls the reader right in. He describes the two worlds that converge most aptly. You can almost experience it and smell the inside of the cab as you read the story.

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