Short stories published in 1956
Listing 21 stories.
An actress rolls through the plan of a rehearsed production while making small mistakes to spite the production team.
As a terminal illness puts a woman's life is put on a timeline, her ex-lover comes to visit in the presence of her current husband and children present. The husband faces self-conscious thoughts while witnessing his wife's behavior towards the other man.
A man who lives with his sister and nephew witnesses her tense and unhappy marriage. Even after his sister's death, the man must deal with the consequences.
On a trip to their deceased cousin’s seaside estate, a young woman strains against the constant insults and reprimands leveraged by her demanding elderly mother and aunt.
The women of a brothel house live under the care of a woman referred to as Mama, while facing the disapproval and disrespect from the public.
A young boy runs away from home to visit his older brother in the city, and, becoming worried about his brother, decides to stay in Vancouver with him.
A mother reflects on her failures to improve the troubled upbringing of her first daughter, who she raised as a single parent during the Great Depression.
Once fired from her housemaid post with the MacFarland family, whose son she loved deeply, Lula Borrow falls into street-peddling, religious fanaticism, and direly ill health. Lula Borrow barely escapes her abusive husband, whose maltreatment kills one of their two children. Her sole reprieve is a housemaid post with the MacFarland family, whose son she loves deeply, and when she is fired she falls into street-peddling, religious fanaticism, and direly ill health.
A white soldier plots to kill a Black lieutenant, but the Black lieutenant knows how to keep his enemies close.
After a man thinks he sees his long-dead brother on the subway, he recollects their relationship to determine why he still imagines his brother as a failure rather than a hero who gave his life for his country in World War II.