Monday, February 02, 2015

Reader's Diary #1116- Antonya Nelson: Her Number


Antonya Nelson's "Her Number" is an epistolary flash fiction story, written as a letter to the past-owner of her newly acquired, secret cell number. The narrator is having an affair and got this new number (and phone) so that her lover can contact her without her husband knowing. However, she is also being contacted by the previous owner's mistress.

The narrator seems to take validation from these calls. There's something about another's misdeeds that lessens her own guilt. There is also a hint that she is becoming obsessed with the previous owner, who is she not only relates to, but is also starting to be unhealthily preoccupied with.

A very compelling psychological picture developed in such very short time.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Am I the only one who can't find this story? I think the hosting site pulled the old switcheroo.

John Mutford said...

It should be working now!