1982 We know, broadly speaking, that it’s a series of days laid end-to-end and given definition either proactively or retroactively — or, most commonly, through a mixture of both. “Yours” is reprinted here by permission of the Wylie Agency. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Unremarkable things made to glow so intensely are difficult to look at for too long. This is Robison’s sorcery, her talent and burden, and why it is a good thing that “Yours” is as short as it is. Let me share with you some thoughts about this touching story. “Please.” Her pulse cords were fluttering under his fingers. Allison is 35 and her new husband, Clark, is 78. The story 'Yours' is all about a married couple, Clark and Alison. The set-up, as in most of Robison’s stories, is mundane. “Don’t blow out the candles. Copyright © Mary Robison, 2002. October 24, 1982. Yours, from the 1981 collection An Amateur’s Guide To The Night (Alfred A Knopf, Inc), is a case in point. The short story ‘Yours’ is written by Mary Robison. Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and What He’s Poised To Do. Our mission is to amplify the power of storytelling with digital innovation, and to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture by supporting writers, embracing new technologies, and building community to broaden the audience for literature. The moon was round, above them. Recommended Reading is the weekly fiction magazine from Electric Literature, publishing here every Wednesday morning. Allison went quickly through the day’s mail: a garish coupon packet, a flyer advertising white wines at Jamestown Liquors, November’s pay-TV program guide, and — the worst thing, the funniest — an already opened, extremely unkind letter from Clark’s married daughter, up North. He wanted to assure her that she had missed nothing. All rights reserved by the Author. In the story, Allison, a 35-year-old, is married to Clark, a much older man. “See?” she said. Get new fiction, essays, and poetry delivered to your inbox. In “Yours” by Mary Robison, the death of Allison serves as a symbolic action to further the readers comprehension of the story. It was a thick blonde hood around her face. Allison and Clark spend the evening carving pumpkins and then bickering about whose is better. Yours. The story tells about a man and a woman, a married couple, who make jacks-o-lanterns out of pumpkins the night before Halloween. He was moving up and back in a cushioned glider, pushed by the ball of his slippered foot. What is a life? They had been married for four months. At the telephone, Clark had a clear view out back and down to the porch. When I reached the end of its three and a half pages, I felt that the air had been sucked from my lungs. The story ‘Yours’ is all about a married couple, Clark and Alison. What is a fictional life, though? They worked over newspaper after soggy newspaper, using paring knives and spoons and a Swiss Army knife Clark liked for the exact shaping of his teeth and eyes and nostrils. They sat together a moment and looked at the orange faces. Robison is classed as a minimalist, which means not very much, both in the sense that it literally refers to writers who pare down their fictional materials and in the sense that it is a largely meaningless distinction. In the beginning, we get acquainted with a man … Mary Robison managed to create a simple but very touching story about life and death, love and compassion. His new novel, The Slippage, is out in May. We anticipate, adding plot, and then later we remember, adding theme. Mary Robison managed to create a simple but very touching story about life and death, love and compassion. For the season and time, the Virginia night was warm. ��Yours� is short but very deep story. Fiction is about choice, about how you can extract a set of episodes from a broader life and make them representative. EL’s literary magazines are supported in part by the Amazon Literary Partnership, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The mouths she had made we all just — wedges — two turned up and two turned down. She had cut triangles for noses and eyes. Mary Robison managed to create a simple but very touching story about life and death, love and compassion. The mouths she had made were just wedges- two turned up and two turned down." “We’re exhausted. By one A.M., they were finished. The story 'Yours' is all about a married couple, Clark and Alison. News & Politics. Powered by WordPress and hosted by Pressable. Listen to the New Yorker Radio Hour Buy the Cover Play the Crossword Play the Jigsaw Puzzle. Robinson was also known as the first mistress of the Prince of Wales, who would later become King George IV. Claire Vaye Watkins recommends an excerpt from "Parakeet" by Marie-Helene Bertino, "The Appropriate Weight" by Corinne Manning, recommended by Arsenal Pulp Press, “Labor Date, 1958,” a comic by G. H. Yamauchi. (I also fear it and I also covet it: I have published both collections of stories and novels, including the upcoming “The Slippage,” and I understand the sharp jabs and feints of stories better, maybe.). Two novels, Subtraction and One D.O.A. A writer of novels or short stories must decide which particular year, or month, or week, will be scrutinized. He watched the jack-o’-lanterns. Yours by Mary Robison Allison struggled away from her white Renault, limping with the weight of the last of the pumpkins. The story tells about a man and a woman, a married couple, who make jacks-o-lanterns out of pumpkins the night before Halloween. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, where she teaches at the writing program at the University of Florida. He wanted to get drunk with his wife once more. We find Clark and Allison, a happily married couple, sitting outside carving pumpkins after a long day. Allison’s four faces were less deftly drawn, with slits and areas of distortion. To see what your friends thought of this book, Heat Up the Holidays with These 27 Winter Romances.