Monday, May 13, 2013

Enid's Near Canadian Adventure, by Peggy Bracken

It's been a few weeks since I participated in a Short Story Monday.  Mostly because I've been engrossed in some amazing novels.  I'm reading another one that I'm really enjoying, but I started to feel that short story itch.  As I was considering what short story I would read in between novels, I saw Enid's Near Canadian Adventure.  With a title like Enid's Near Canadian Adventure, I couldn't resist reading Peggy Braken's short story.  It's quite short, consisting of two letters, one from Enid to her friend Maeve and the return letter from Maeve to Enid.  It's written in a sort of slightly modernized Jane Austen-esque style, which I found interesting.  Enid seems to be very melodramatic and inclined towards extremes, which Maeve points out in her replay.  These aren't the pretty, kind, supportive sort of letters you might read between Lizzy and Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice.  Maeve's reply to Enid is a bit brutal.  

It was an interesting story.  I'm not quite sure if I liked it though.  Something about it irked me.  I think I liked the style of writing, I am often drawn to epistolary stories.  Maybe I didn't like Enid.  I'm not sure I liked Maeve either.  I didn't dislike them.  I'm not sure how I feel about them.  Maybe disconnected?  If someone else reads the story, let me know what you think.

Short Story Monday is hosted by John Mutford at The Book Mine Set.


  1. I may give it a shot, but you kind of lost me with Jane Austen.

    1. It's a super short story. The letter writing thing always makes me think of Austen.