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.

1 comment:

Nikki in Niagara said...

Sounds like a story I may be interested in with the mental illness angles.

I did post a short story collection I finished reading last weekend:
Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

I love his ghost and gothic stories. This collection was only 4 long, short stories and certainly not a "best of" but he was a Victorian writer so I'm sure all his stories are in the public domain.