Short story updates

For the 100 Shots of Short Challenge

29th shot of short: The ruin of Grant Lowery by Audrey Niffenegger

I read this modern-day fairytale at the suggestion of Shona and Veens. It is about a guy called Grant Lowery who comes across some funny-looking women in a bar, who claim to be fairies interested in a ‘cultural exchange program’ with humans. One of the fairies comes to live with Grant for a while.

It is a fun read, one that left me with a smile on my face and feeling sorry for Grant at the same time!

Available online here

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30th shot of short: Hair by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read this story too, inspired by the reviews by Shona and Veens. This one is also a modern-day fairytale, about a girl whose family loses all their property to a scheming friend. It is about her hair fairy(!!!) helping her to get back to their original financial position.

A nice, entertaining read!

Available online here

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31st shot of short: A millionaire’s proposal by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I simply LOVED this one. It is about a country girl Kitty, who dreams to ensnare a rich man and make it big in life. Her childhood friend, Jack, is in love with her. It is quite a predictable story, but I loved it for the way it has been written.

Available online here

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32nd shot of short: What is happiness? by Maeve Binchy

I read this story from the book This Year It Will Be Different.

The story is about Parnell and his parents, and Ellen, his father’s secretary who is in love with him. It is how each one tries to find happiness in their own way. It is a Christmas-time story, which left me feeling sad.

I could not find this one online.

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33rd shot of short: ‘Girl’ by O Henry

This one was a fun read. It is about a man called Hartley who hires a private detective to locate a girl called Vivienne. A typical O Henry humorous story, this one had me chuckling to myself at the end.

Available online here

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34th shot of short: Miss Katy-did and Miss Cricket by Harriet Beecher Stowe

This is a nice, entertaining read that I came across in the book Classic Short Stories – Reader’s Digest Collection.

It is about a katy-did who plans to have a dance party, and is trying to figure out whom to invite and whom not to. A process very similar to what we do when planning the guest list for a party!!

Available online here

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35th shot of short: The best inn in town by Maeve Binchy

I read this story from the book This Year It Will Be Different.

It is a Christmas story about a family consisting of Noel and Avril, their three kids and Noel and Avril’s mothers. Both the grannies hate each other and size each other up all the time, making the family Christmas experience tough on the kids. How Noel and Avril deal with this problem is worth a read!

I couldn’t find this one online.

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36th shot of short: The story of an hour by Kate Chopin

This one was suggested by Veens on her blog.

It is the story of Mrs. Mallard, a woman who comes to know that her husband has passed away in an accident. It is about what happens to her afterwards. It is a beautifully written story, but a sad one. It left me feeling cold from inside.

Available online here

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37th shot of short: Mallard and May by Cecelia Ahern

This is yet another story that I read at the suggestion of Veens and Shona both. It is a story of a couple – Mallard and May – who are very much in love. It is a sad story, and I felt kind of heavy on reading it. Worth mentioning is the fact that both stories – this one and the previous one – involve a Mallard, but are exactly opposite to each other.

Available online here

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That’s that for now, people! Any short story suggestions from you? Would love to hear from you!!

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