‘Shot of Short’ #23: Beauty Stolen From Another World by Louise Erdrich

Title: Beauty Stolen From Another World by Louise Erdrich
Date Read: 13 February 2008
Available Online?: YES (as one of the stories posted by Harper Perennial on their website Fifty-Two Stories, which promises a new (or classic) short story from their collection, posted every week throughout 2009)

Briefly: Enamoured with an older ‘omelet-making doctor’ while at university, anxiety prevents the female narrator from taking the relationship further, that is until they meet up again some years later in Paris. They inevitably fall in love with each other and so begins a glimpse into the life and emotions of two people in love…(awww:o))

Afterthoughts: That I read this short story the day before Valentine’s Day is somewhat befitting, because this story about the love between two doctors (which isn’t as Mills & Boonsey as it sounds), is tender and warm, but also incredibly intimate (me being gushy! There’s something that doesn’t happen often :)). Although the course of true love does eventually run smooth between the two lovers, the anxiety felt by the story’s female narrator at the start of the relationship is clearly evident. It’s an emotion that keeps getting touched on during the course of the story and it’s one that is superbly ‘painted’ by Erdrich.

Notable Quote: “I slept on his couch and was very happy to be dropped off, back at the library. I didn’t want him to know where I lived. But I had made the mistake of telling him my name, and somehow he got into the college records and showed up at my hall. He was perhaps in his late twenties—as I said he was a very young doctor—but I had just turned nineteen and to me he seemed old. I did show him up to my room, which had a very good view of the post office tower, but I actually did have a real roommate and I lived in a room that was half the size of his bathroom. She was there, studying, responded to a signal we had developed between us, and did not leave.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.

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