Months ago, Teddy Rose of So Many Precious Books, So Little Time challenged her readers to read the short story "Chicxulub" by T. Coraghessan Boyle. It's about a girl walking home late one night and a father meditating on how unpredictable life can be, and at times how meaningless. I printed out the story after finding it on The New Yorker website and it's been sitting on my desk every since. At least until I picked the pages up to read them this afternoon. Wow. Now I understand why Teddy encouraged others to read it. On an emotional level, it's a powerful story, heart-wrenching in every way. And frightening, but not in the horror story kind of way. So much packed into just a few short pages. From the technical standpoint, Boyle has crafted a story that draws the reader in, introduces well developed characters, the suspense building all the while, and leaves the reader stunned but with a sense of closure. When my husband gets home from work tonight I am going to give him a big hug, and I might never let go.
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