Unfinished Business

Cleaning up, in the kitchen, she goes to wipe away a small black seed from the counter.
But the small black seed moves, and then walks hastily off in the other direction.
No, I am not a seed, the little bug seems to be saying.
No, it is not saying anything, but going off on its own, reminded by her sponge that it has business to do elsewhere.

 

 

 

Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, including her most recent collection, Can’t and Won’t (2014).  Her story collection Varieties of Disturbance  was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.  She is the winner of the 2013 Award of Merit Medal for the short story from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.  She is also the translator of Swann’s Way (2003) and Madame Bovary (2010), both of which were awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize.  The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2009, was described by James Wood in The New Yorker as “a grand cumulative achievement.”

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