Unlike a lot of English teachers, I am not a novel snob. I love short stories just as much, expecially since they require a more technical craftsmanship. I live for my weekly subscription to The New Yorker so I can read the newest short story, the poems, and of course the cartoons.
Needless to say, one of my favorite short stories of this season is "Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw. I used to teach it to my older students and let the battle of the sexes begin.
It is so startling realistic in both its characterizations of men and women, as well as in its understanding of the nuances in communication. Anyway, if you'd like a great, quick read, I highly recommend reading it this weekend (along with your spouse) and have a go at it.
Oh, and let me know your thoughts too, especially regarding the obvious question:
Will he cheat????
To read the story, click HERE.
2 years ago