Fiction: "One Dentist, Many Frogs" by Kate Horsely

Published in Pif Magazine

Dec. 21, 2010
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Sometimes I read a short story that has such a fantastic narrative voice that it literally inspires me to go over to my typewriter(!) and try writing something similar. No, I don't want to steal Kate Horsely's voice shining through in her short story. I just want to borrow it, use it, and then clean it before returning it with the receipt.

From "One Dentist, Many Frogs" by Kate Horsely:


When I got the tooth problem in Greece, the only comfort I had was that Dr. Bwould be standing next to the dental chair with the blue paper mask pulled down around his throat, ready to calmly repair and heal me, asking me if Id been in Ireland recently.

Id tell him about almost going to a Greek dentist. Id tell him about how my current husband (Dr. B- had been my dentist through several marriages) and I rented a house on the western side of the Peloponnese. It was high up on a hill on a 5 acre organic olive farm on a dirt road that wound up through the olive trees, past an old granite cistern where little frogs hung out. After the road passed the house, it went to the top of the hill where a long and thick stone wall and the remnants of a pillared hall from 300 B.C. crumbled slowly in haunted solitude, as the world below it cluttered itself with plastic water bottles.

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Have a great X-mas!


Ken Brosky


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