Why people avoid short fiction
The most common reaction among high school students at the end of a short story is, “Huh? I don’t get it!”
Adults often have the same opinion.
People often don’t enjoy “short stories” because the term is a misnomer. Like most novels, a short story has a beginning, middle, and end — except the end is abrupt, as if pruned by the author. Like a rose, the pruning gives it a special life.
Take “Cathedral” (1981) by Raymond Carver. It’s about a blind man, Robert, who…