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Welcome To Thresholds

July 10th 2015

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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Unpacking Sergei Dovlatov’s Suitcase

July 13th 2015

ALAN McMONAGLE takes a look inside Sergei Dovlatov's collection The Suitcase and finds the author hidden within the pages: 'One day in the early 1980s, the Russian émigré-writer Sergei Dovlatov opened the door of a seldom-used closet in his Forest Hills apartment in New York City...'

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A Novel in Stories

July 8th 2015

ERINNA METTLER discovers the intricacies of a novel in stories from author Elizabeth Strout: '...when you combine the two tales, and the judgements you made about Olive in the first story, each story becomes something bigger than itself...'

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The End

July 6th 2015

PETER JORDAN examines Ezra Pound's influence on the ending of 'Up in Michigan' by Ernest Hemingway: 'Indeed, ‘Up in Michigan’s’ final paragraph might just be the place to look if you want to see where Hemingway made the leap from young budding writer to potential literary superstar...'

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Retreating into Writing

July 1st 2015

CLAIRE SAVAGE discovers a writer's yearning in 'Illumination' by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: '...amidst Ní Dhuibhne’s story-book rabbits and poetic prose, something unsettling ripples, unseen, like the suspected mountain lion thought to roam the hillside...

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Cast in Stone

June 29th 2015

VICTORIA LESLIE examines the themes that lie within A.S. Byatt's metamorphic story 'A Stone Woman': 'This story is unequivocally about change, but also about notions of stasis and permanence...'

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Coming Out in Print

June 24th 2015

STEPHEN DEVEREUX finds hints of Tennessee Williams' personal life in his story ‘The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin’: 'This close brother and sister relationship has been frequently re-enacted in Williams' plays and has provided a rich pasture for psychoanalytical critics to graze...'

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From One’s Own Perspective

June 22nd 2015

SUSMITA BHATTACHARYA makes a connection with ‘Rowing to Eden’ by Amy Bloom: 'What makes me connect to this particular story is the absence of any sentimentality or bleakness. This is a study of human relationships in the face of problems. There is a coldness of facts, and yet the tongue-in-cheek observations of the cancer patient and her carers often produce a mental chuckle...'

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Rediscovering the Deep South

June 17th 2015

RICHARD BUXTON, runner-up in the 2015 Thresholds Competition, rediscovers the American South through the stories of Tim Gautreaux's collection Waiting for the Evening News: 'These stories are replete with his love and understanding of his home...'

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Nothing is the way it used to be, yet everything is like before

June 15th 2015

DAN POWELL, runner-up in the Thresholds Competition, considers the themes of Norwegian author Kjell Askildsen's short stories: 'The map of Askildsen’s fictional world is adorned with warnings: here be minimalism, repetition, variation and precise, stark prose. His stories, like his sentences, allow no clutter...'

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