In the Devil’s Territory
Previously anthologized for his standout "A Day Meant to Do Less," Kyle Minor now releases a collection of troublesome-to-define writing, all of which is available online.
What struck me about these stories was largeness of scopemaybe they are that troublesome (to define) literary form, the novella. The title story has a schoolteacher in East Berlin swimming to freedom (thrice, carrying her elderly relatives) with the intention of teaching in West Palm Beach, Fla. A Day Meant to Do Less, which got my attention and should get yours, presents a preacher’s elderly mother mistaking him for a long-forgotten cousin she witnessed kill his brother, in the long ago of her youth, and her recounting of her life. Minor can, as the sports people say, get it donehe can flat-out write. My suggestion: Get with it.