Mission accomplished. After a long dry reading spell in which the only literature I’ve read since Christmas is my grad school textbooks or sophomore English novels, I have finally read a book, erm play or essay or short story thing. To make it simple, I read Silas House’s The Hurting Part which is a short story turned play turned essay set in 1960 America.
In the story, a young couple leaves all they know in Kentucky, including their daughter, and move to Ohio in an attempt to earn some money. The plan is to save money and return to Kentucky eventually. Centered around Christmas, the play showcases the sorrows of four individuals who left their homes to move to Ohio. Beautifully written, the play easily moves between the present and past with the use of dual stages.
The script is written so well that I could imagine the scenes playing out. I only wish I could see this play in person.
Now that I have broken my slump, I think I’ll stay in the Appalachian genre by re-reading The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.