To Those Of You Who Missed Your Connecting Flights Out Of O’Hare by Amy Hempel, 1990
The magic trick:
Strong, individual narrative voice
With some stories the author is nearly invisible. The author is a silent vehicle simply delivering the plot and characters. In stories like “O’Hare,” on the other hand, the author is the story. The narrative voice dominates – aggressive, humorous, authoritative, individual. And that’s quite a trick on Hempel’s part.
Now they are angry. The looks and accusations – making hundreds of passengers late!
This is when I told them that my husband was killed in a plane crash, the one in Tenerife.
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