Monday, June 20, 2016

Reader's Diary #1325- D. W. Wilson: Mountain Under Sea


I struck gold yesterday while searching for a Canadian short story for Father's Day; not only does D. W. Wilson's "Mountain Under Sea" more than aptly fit this bill (Father's Day isn't mentioned specifically but the story of a father and daughter is beautiful), but it's also an extremely well written story (it won the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize) and best of all... it's written in a 2nd person perspective. As my more long-time followers know, I have a weakness for stories written this way (vanity, perhaps?), and here its usage works great. You become father to this girl and you care and worry about her and while there was pain, and there will be more, you'd not trade them away if it meant losing the blissful times, like the current moment traveling together through Europe.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are right; the second person perspective works really well in this story. It is very personal and immediate. I think it's particularly useful because, to my knowledge, there are very few stories written about being a father.