Short stories have the power to entertain, inform, and even heal. Interpreting those stories, uncovering the author’s message, is a noble, challenging task. That task is the goal of this Study Group. Each week two complex stories by two different master authors are vigorously dissected for their ideas. During a lively exchange of interpretations, participants learn from one another and refine their own positions. At discussion’s end all have a clearer sense of the author’s words. There are neither prerequisites for this course nor is specialized knowledge required. The coordinators will provide any necessary definitions of literary terms as well as guidance on how to lead a discussion. The books are: Friday Black
by Nana Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner, 2018), Your Duck Is My Duck
by Deborah Eisenberg (Ecco, 2018), Other People’s Love Affairs
by D. Wystan Owens (Algonquin, 2018), and Last Stories
authored by William Trevor (Viking, 2018). No class on 5/27/19.