John Burnside, "The Bell Ringer"

A woman in an unhappy marriage takes a bell ringing class.

(from the O. Henry Prize Stories 2009)

And she develops a crush a young man in her class. Also her husband’s sister confides that she’s having an affair. This was a mostly plain and unexciting story, well written but full of small action. Except for the end which is a fun surprise. Fine, fine, fine. But it’s summer. Give me some of that good time reading.

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