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Being able to tell a story with a modicum of words is an absolute talent that not every book-length author possesses.
Many people refuse to read short fiction, but what they don’t understand is that the important part is the fiction, not the length. Being able to tell a story with a modicum of words is an absolute talent that not every book-length author possesses, but Porter loosely fictionalized a gut-wrenching account of her own struggle with the Spanish Flu in the eponymous story. I remember reading this collection in college and being shocked that this cataclysmic event that killed millions of people happened and I hadn’t until that moment really learned about the pandemic. Of course, there are echoes to what we are going through today, and when I started writing my own pandemic novel, I went back to Pale Horse, Pale Rider for inspiration.
From the gothic Old South to revolutionary Mexico, few writers have evoked such a multitude of worlds, both exterior and interior, as powerfully as Katherine Anne Porter. This collection gathers together the best of her Pulitzer Prize-winning short fiction, including 'Pale Horse, Pale Rider', where a young woman lies in a fever during the influenza epidemic, her childhood memories mingling with fears for her fiance on his way to war, and 'Noon Wine', a haunting story of tragedy and scandal on a small dairy farm in Texas. In all of the compelling stories collected here, harsh and tragic truths are expressed in prose both brilliant and precise.
|Publication date:||3rd November 2011|
|Author:||Katherine Anne Porter|
|Publisher:||Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
Katherine Anne Porter's short stories are unsurpassed in modern fiction -- Robert Penn Porter writes English of a purity and precision almost unique in contemporary fiction -- Edmund Wilson She solves the essential problem: how to satisfy exhaustively in writing briefly -- V.S. Pritchett Porter's stories take accurate and deadly aim... dazzling - The New York Times