FiveChapters.com as soon as you can. I don't even know how I stumbled across this site, but it's incredible -- I friended their Facebook page and I've been caught in this whirlwind of reading one chapter a day from Monday through Friday ever since. And it's free...
Last week's installment was five chapters from the short story "A Week Apart," taken from Daniel Stolar's compilation entitled The Middle of the Night: Stories. Apparently, the title comes about from the fact that there is something in each of the short stories that keeps the reader up in the middle of the night -- and with the five chapters that were posted online for "A Week Apart," it certainly was thoroughly warranted for that to happen.
In "A Week Apart," a woman just in her forties, is married with two daughters and living a quiet and good life in Chicago. And she's married to a wonderful man. He's thoughtful and sweet -- not to mention he's a good father to their children.
But, he's got one slightly ruinous flaw that she happens to stumble across one day on his computer -- it's not internet porn her husband is dabbling in, it's far worse. He's actually utilizing a service to meet women and has appointments, or "dates" with them.
Suffice it to say that reading this short section is probably what may make me want to actually read short stories again. To be honest, I haven't read short stories in ages, simply because whenever I've read them, I always turn that last page of the story and I never feel like it's quite complete. I get a little antsy, I feel unsettled, and I always feel like I need another few pages to solidify everything. But, these quick five chapters of Daniel Stolar's book were so incredibly engaging that it seems to be all the invitation I need to try to get back into reading the stories that may be restricted with their pages, but are simply overflowing with content and beautiful writing.
Really, seriously, and right now -- jump onto FiveChapters.com and take a few moments to read a little bit of their selections that they post. I'm so caught up in it.
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