But I’ve been reading more than ever and I’ve mostly been reading short stories. In the rush of the semester, of administrative work, of new and absorbing responsibilities in teaching teachers how to teach, of giving two conference papers in one week (a record, and one not to be repeated), these stories have been vastly absorbing and satisfying. I want to tell you about the ups and downs of all of them—and of the two lovely novels—one at a time, but for now, a little list:
- Sima’s Undergarments for Women a debut novel by Ilana Stanger-Ross and recommended by Sarah Weinman,
- Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
- Diamond Dust, Anita Desai’s short stories,
- Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana, and recommended by Tayari Jones,
- and Do Not Deny Me by Jean Thompson.