Next week’s story is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Rated: Adult themes, but does not contain explicit language

This week we discuss In The Act Of Falling, a short story about a family’s emotional struggles after the financial collapse in Ireland. This story lends itself to deep analysis of the characters and themes. Both Anais and Maya enjoyed the symbolism woven throughout the work. We also considered the emotional issues of the son, and debated questions still left unsolved at the end of the story. We found this story well controlled and artfully crafted. How did you answer for yourself the story’s questions that were never answered?

Don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate In The Act Of Falling? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail, and we will give the final tally on the next episode.

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