‘Love and Death in Brighams’ by John L’Heureux

I discovered L’Heureux by accident, via his story ‘The Comedian’, in The Atlantic Monthly. Many years later, I found out he’d taught David Vann, and we bonded over our mutual appreciation. L’Heureux’s written often about marriage. This one, though, is about the process of writing, as much as it’s the tale of a married couple and a feisty old bat. I’m a sucker for stories that heckle themselves, and this is full of asides about  the decision-making process that is writing. It’s fabulous.

Published in Desires (US edition is Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1981). The collection is available to borrow here

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