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Best Short Stories

The following stories showcase the exceptional talents of award-winning authors. To quote Richard Ford, “They clean out the clutter, shove aside the impediments between readers and stories, treat us to gorgeous language, and stir our moral imaginations.” Our discussions are wonderfully rich and lively!

We will be using The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern, ISBN 978014007949.

October 2: A Set of Variations on a Borrowed Theme by Frank O'Connor, Ireland
Nomad and Viper by Amos Oz, Israel

October 16: The Suitcase by Cynthia Ozick, United States
The Contest by Grace Paley, United States

October 30: Suicides by Cesare Pavese, Italy
The Saint by V.S. Pritchett, England

November 13: Eventide by James Purdy, United States
The Replacement by Alain Robbe-Grillet, France

November 27: Rain by Merce Rodoreda, Spain
In The Garden by Leon Rooke, Canada

Instructor: Steve Gordon is a retired physician. He received his BA in humanities from the University of Connecticut and his MD from NYU. He completed his residency at SUNY in Syracuse. Gordon spent 36 years at Kaiser Permanente and read only medical journals. He no longer diagnoses maladies but, along with his wife Civia, delights in dissecting literature.

Course Number: OSHR-70045   Credit: 0 units

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