Shot of Short #54: On the Weekends Sometimes by Ben Greenman

Title: On the Weekends Sometimes by Ben Greenman
Date Read: 03 November 2009
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: Boyd has a good friend called Panos. Panos is married Annie. Boyd likes Annie A LOT, and is more or less single. Panos and Annie seem to be going through a rocky patch in their marriage. Will Boyd succumb to his urges and commit one of the biggest taboos – cheating on a best friend?
Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this story. It plays with the whole uneasy situation of falling for a best friend’s wife, and the underlying awkwardness that this brings about. I won’t tell you if Boyd and Annie do or don’t in the end. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. One other thing I did like about On the Weekends Sometimes, aside from its storyline, is the structure that Greenman employs in creating it. He uses short punchy sentences throughout – much like I’ve tried to replicate in my description of the story above (I know I failed miserably) – and it really drives the reader along, in a unique way. Clever storytelling
Notable Quote: The first time that Boyd met Annie, he knew how he felt about her. Boyd was in love with Annie.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I am going to read this now. I just reviewed “The ruin of Grant Lowery by Audrey Niffenegger”. I liked it. It was a wicked fairy tale.