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365 Stories: Day 12: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay


After reading her book of essays, “Bad Feminist”, I knew I had to read more of Roxane Gay. There was no other option. A writer enslaves you and that’s it. You have to read everything by him or her. You don’t have a choice.

So I started reading her collection of stories (got an advanced copy) and one of those stories is the story of the day – “Difficult Women” (this also happens to be the titular story) – a tale of women – the mad kind, the crazy kind and the difficult kind.

This is a story of different women who are unnamed throughout the story and their lives – in vignettes of course but still cuts so deep and you can see what goes around you – you can see almost every woman you know in each of these women and that is heartbreaking.

I recommend you read everything by Roxane Gay.

387 Short Stories: Day 12: Story 12: Atonement by Syed Rafiq Hussain

The Mirror of Wonders and Other Tales

Title: Atonement
Author: Syed Rafiq Hussain
Taken from: The Mirror of Wonders and Other Tales

A tiger that contemplates the concept of Atonement and Sin. That is the plot of today’s story – which I finished reading some time ago. “Atonement” by Syed Rafiq Hussain was today’s story. Not many would be familiar with this author, neither was I, till a couple of weeks ago, when I picked up, “The Mirror of Wonders and other Tales”, from which today’s story is taken.

“Atonement” is a wonderful story and that too whose hero is a tiger. I loved the way Hussain merged the emotions and sometimes the lack of it, in this beautifully told story. The nuances of everything that comes across in these twenty pages is quite introspective and demands to be read by each and every one, after all it is fun to stumble on a new author once in a while.

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