Short stories published in 1986

Listing 59 stories.

A woman considers her possible shortcomings when her boyfriend tells her that he doesn’t like some things about her. After a period of reflection, she acknowledges the futility of self-deprecation.

After his unhappy mother announces she will move homes once again, he and his girlfriend visit her one last time.

A man tries to determine the cost of a passionate but brief love affair, and his calculations lead him to a solemn but hopeful realization.

After her daughter steals her necklace, a woman reacts with violence and reflects on unhappy moments with her daughter's father, now ex-husband.

A city employs people to act strangely to order to make others feel normal.

An initially unwanted infestation fosters understanding between a woman and the cockroaches in her house.

After his wife leaves him, taking their kids, a man realizes that his vivid nightly dreams have disappeared with her.

As a young Japanese man reflects on significant moments in his life, a stunning musical encounter leads him on the path to self-acceptance.

A man does various jobs on a nearby farm owned by an old man as he struggles with problems with his wife. One night, the old man asks him to kill a skunk who has been eating his hens, and the hunt has unexpected consequences.

A paranoid old woman makes a disturbing discovery that intensifies her fears about being the victim of a crime.