Monday, August 16, 2010

Reader's Diary #639- Malka Drucker: The Widest Heart

I had discovered Malka Drucker just one day before this story appeared on the CBC website. I took it as a sign that I should read something by her this week. Fortunately she offered "The Widest Heart" at her website. And even more fortunately, I enjoyed it immensely.

"The Widest Heart" is the story of a woman reflecting back on a high school friendship that, like so many high school friendships do, fizzled. What makes it interesting is that the narrator seems wracked with guilt over the way it ended, but misdiagnosis what the ending actually was. As I said, the friendship fizzled. The narrator insists it came at one defining moment. In any case, the story is her attempt at making amends and it's beautiful.

And if the title seems a little too trite, it comes from a Edna St. Vincent Millay poem.

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Ordinary Reader said...

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Thanks, Dianne

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of Drucker before, but I hate to admit the idea of the story doesn't really attract me.

I read a short short.

Loni said...

I'm not sure what I think about high school, but I do enjoy stories that examine a character's past.

I read another story I'm not exactly sure about.

Teddy Rose said...

I have to admit that when I saw the title I thought to myself, "I can't believe John is reading romance now". It sounds like a Harlequin title. LOL! I will have to check it out.

Here's mine: The Millennium Party