Fiction: "Driving" by Katherin Nolte

From American Short Stories

Apr. 4, 2010
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From "Driving," by Katherin Nolte:

There were rumors. Suicide was whispered. Friends and acquaintances, old men and women, hard of hearing and bad-kneed themselves, wondered.

I did not wonder.

I found a table set for dinner, a load of towels, still wet, in the washing machine. The one I loved had started a letter:
Dear Olivia,

Iím writing a letter to knock the cobwebs out of your mailbox! August has been an uneventful month. There was a terrible storm last week and we were without power one evening for four hours. We couldnít even watch the evening news. Well

Here was a life that had been interrupted. No suicide, just deathís ever-vigilant net.

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You can also read another short story that appears in 2009's Best American Short Stories collection (edited by Alice Sebold) on ASF's main Web site. Read it. It's good. BASS 2009? Eh. Way too many selections from the New Yorker for my tastes.


Ken Brosky


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