MORNING COFFEE 3 - clockwork

by Susan Weber

Read Tricks, by Alice Munro, a story in her Runaway collection. A writer on the radio pointed me there and I won’t tell you why she recommends it. I want you to see for yourself.

What I will say is that the writer is submerged completely in the telling. The story seems organic to itself. Every tool of the Nobel Prize winning master is in play. Surprise, suspense, pacing, underlying conflict and desire all serve the slow unwinding. But in a story titled Tricks, there are none. We the readers are not toyed with or dazzled by mere craft. We're enveloped and fed and entrusted to breathe in and out with a story told by whom?

Perhaps by eternity, I might say.

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