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May 27, 2013

Weekly Short: There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

If you can't guess from the super long title, There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself is a collection of short stories translated from Russian. I'm not sure I've read any Russian literature. I'm sure it was on my high school reading list, but I think it was the books I didn't get to.

It is a collection of stories about love, but not what you typically think of as love stories. The collection is grouped into four sections and highlight love at different "stages": young love, family love, parent/child love, and mature love.

There's nothing dressed up about these love stories. The stories are like getting glimpse of real life. And life in Russia wasn't real rosy. There's none of the glitz that we would associate with American love stories, yet there is something profound in these stories. Something of human spirit. There is more beneath the surface.

If you are still looking for short stories to read for Short Story Month, and want something that will widen your horizon (and give you a better understanding of what love is) then try There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself.

Buy it at Amazon.

Book info: paperback, 171 pages, published January 2013 by Penguin Books
Source: publisher
Read: February - May 2013

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