Olaf Olafsson, "On The Lake"

Dad’s showing off on the boat with his son and capsizes them.

(from O. Henry Prize Stories 2008)

This is a really tense, intense little story. The husband, the wife and the two rescuers are sitting around drinking and drying off but every word and gesture is made uncomfortable by the strained relationship between the husband and the wife, and those two with the rescuers who, as neighbors, were really strangers. The true source of the tension might very well be in the story somewhere but all I have are guesses. Which is cool. I actually read this one twice, and enjoyed it both times.

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