Bread - Bread is a (very) short story by Michael Crummey, a...

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“Bread” is a (very) short story by Michael Crummey, a contemporary writer from Newfoundland who was born in 1965. This story, which was collected in Crummey’s Hard Light (1998), invites us to ask how the author manages to create such a rich, memorable story in less than four hundred words. Bread I was twenty years younger than my husband, his first wife dead in childbirth. I agreed to marry him because he was a good fisherman, because he had his own house and he was willing to take in my mother and father when the time came. It was a practical decision and he wasn’t expecting more than that. Two people should never say the word love before they’ve eaten a sack of flour together, he told me. The night we married I hiked my night dress around my thighs and shut my eyes so tight I saw stars. Afterwards I went outside and I was sick, throwing up over the fence. He came out the door behind me and put his hand to the small of my back. It happens your first time, he said. It’ll get better. I got pregnant right away and then he left for the Labrador. I dug the garden, watched my belly swell like a seed in water, baked bread, bottled bakeapples for the winter store, cut the meadow grass
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2009 for the course ENG ENG104 taught by Professor Camillemartin during the Fall '09 term at Ryerson.

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