As an aficionada of the short story form, I turn to My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead. Edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, it’s a quiet, yet powerful collection of “great love stories, from Chekhov to Munro.” These are stories which search for and lose love. They are nostalgic parables about a young boy’s first brushes with love, a scrambled pornograph between cousins, a hitched ride to soviet Czechoslovakia. Eugenides’s introduction evokes one of classical literature’s great loves gone unrequited—Catullus’s devotion for Lesbia. The Latin poet helped to create the form we now call a love story, according to Eugenides, and each of the stories in the collection contains a variation of the arc we so consistently follow for revelation and solace, in or out of order—the heart that swells and contracts, the heart that bursts, the denouement. Read it under the fireworks.
Bio: Swetha Regunathan is assistant editor of Guernica. Her last article, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”:http://www.guernicamag.com/features/916/wholl_stop_the_rain/ appeared in Guernica’s March 2009 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1095/staff_pick_swetha_regunathan/.