R Austin Freeman

The Aluminium Dagger

Taken from Classic Locked Room Mysteries (edited by David Stuart Davies)


Meg Wolitzer

If You’re Happy and You Know It (after J D Salinger’s A Perfect Day for Banana Fish).

This story is part of McSweeney’s Cover Stories (issue 49), in which contemporary writers take a well known short story and, guess what, cover it.

I wondered how anyone would go about doing that for A Perfect Day for Banana Fish, and I’m pleased to say that, whilst it’s a faint shadow of the original, it’s not a mash up either.  it’s been simplified so the message is louder and more in your face and aspects of the story have been omitted. I hadn’t heard of Meg Wolitzer so wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m off to google her now.

I’m not sure yet how I feel about cover stories in general, but I’m about to find out as I work my easy through the collection.