This has nothing to do with children’s books, so please excuse my going off topic. This morning I read “A Death in Kitchawank,” a short story by T.C. Boyle. It appeared in the January 18 issue of The New Yorker. I think it might be perfect – a graduate course on the art of short story writing. And, as the title makes clear, a death does take place, but death is not the first (or second) thing that comes to mind about this story. It’s actually about life. And I’ve been thinking about this one sentence all morning:
“The tragic days of our lives, the days of accounting, begin like any other, with routine, with the bagel in the toaster and the coffee on the stove.”
The story is available online and is worth checking out.