Paula Fox, "The Broad Estates of Death"

Harry and his new wife drive to visit his sick father.

(from The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006)

I didn’t get, or maybe just didn’t care for, the way this story shifted perspectives from the angsty Harry to Amelia who has little insight into the apparently complicated relationship between her husband and his father. All she ends up contributing is her Debbie Downer perspective. Maybe I just wasn’t feeling like tuning into the subtlety.

(I read this on the Explorer of the Seas)

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