The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro was the first book I tackled from the long reading list (see previous post). Good choice for the first long weekend of the summer. The short stories she writes are based on her research of her family (she is originally a Laidlaw). They start off in Scotland and move to Ontario. What’s really cool is she talks about people from Lucknow, Ontario – a little town we drive through on our way to Lake Huron. We have friends who live in Lucknow. Sometimes we stop at the Mac’s milk store to get candy (they used to have live wires) and buy a lottery ticket. That’s unusual for us – but we want to buy the ticket and say to each other, “we’re in luck now. “
If you want to read the title short story Google it and go the Archives of The New Yorker…there it is, published in that magazine in August, 2005. There is a print option. And then I discovered – they archive a story a week. You can go in, print a dozen or so, and gorge yourself with New Yorker fiction. That’s what I’m going to do – right now.