December 28, 2012 |
I'd never read E.B. Lyndon before her story “Goodbye, Bear” appeared as the latest issue of the literary magazine One Story - but I'll be keeping an eye out for her from now on. Narrated by a single woman in her late 20s, “Goodbye, Bear” offers up a drama in a minor key involving family, love, loneliness, alienation (all my favorite subjects), but even more, the question of how, and whether, we commit. “Have you ever put yourself in something,” Lyndon's narrator wonders at the end of the story, “really drowned yourself in it, just to have another place to call home for a little bit?