Monday, September 12, 2011

Reader's Diary #759- Eden Robinson: Minnows

"Minnows" by Eden Robinson, is another depressing tale of family dysfunction. My second such story of the past 2 weeks. Unlike last week's tale by Stephen Crane, however, this one at least has action enough to keep it interesting.

"Minnows" is a story of a mother being paid yet another visit by a daughter who lately only returns to abuse and rob her. Things now take an even more serious turn as the daughter pulls a gun.

What has led to such an ugly scene? The truth is never totally revealed, as the narrator is somewhat unreliable, but enough is said that the scene before the reader at present isn't exactly surprising. In one paragraph the narrator describes how she and her husband would physically abuse one another but never laid a hand on their two daughters. Yet just a page later she recalls beating her 16 year old daughter with a slipper upon hearing that the daughter was pregnant.

It's a sad tale, from beginning to end. It's not entirely a "blame the parent for the actions of the child" but there seems to be a discord between the narrator's fatalistic view and the writer's.

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Julie @ Read Handed said...

Sounds bleak. Today, I discussed a story by O. Henry about New York City.

SuziQoregon said...

I'm not sure I'm up for a 'depressing tale of family dysfunction'. I hear enough of that in my daily conversations with my co-workers.

Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the Range by Steve Hockensmith. It's from a fun collection of seven stories.