Monday, January 25, 2016
Reader's Diary #1250- Shane Jones: Off Days
The rapid progression of Shane Jones's "Off Days" might cause some confusion. It begins with a couple at a grocery store, when a wife gets angry (perhaps only teasingly so) at her husband over a case of mistaken identity. Then we realize it might be the onset of mental deterioration rather than a one time mistake. And before long the story is up to its neck in surrealist images and the time frame has gone completely out of wack.
However, the confusion works well for the story, holding a reader's attention while delivering what might be described as frustrated fatalism.