On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Development: Nine Stories

It's rather unusual of me to read a collection of short stories, but that's what I did this week. THE DEVELOPMENT: NINE STORIES, by John Barth, is a collection that reads almost like a novel because the tales are populated by the same characters with flashbacks to earlier happenings.

The title refers to a Chesapeake Bay housing development and the stories involve the over-50 crowd who live in this active seniors community. There are surprises, there is routine, there is satire, there is poignancy, all of the above, which is sufficient to keep us readers turning pages to the very end.

I have to be honest: I've never read any of John Barth's novels, but this collection of short stories leaves me wanting to catch up with what I've missed. (Click on the link to learn more.)

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