WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
Nine years old and dying of leukemia — some chromosomal kind, nearly always fatal. “She watches your movies before she goes into chemo,” the doctor had said. “Says Geordie’s never afraid and neither is she.” What a rotten world, thought Gordon.
this is an older story, first published in 1993, and it’s donna tartt, so it’s obviously not gonna be bad writing, but it IS a little on the schmaltzy side. then again, it’s about a washed-up former child actor visiting a sick child in the hospital and there’s a little dog, too, which—that scenario’s got unavoidable schmaltzy baggage lodged deep in its bones, so it can’t be helped, i suppose. just read it! it’s short! ’tis the season for schmaltz, and it’s not like you’re gonna get to read a new book from her anytime soon; take what you can get!
read it for yourself here: