February 27, 2012: “A Prairie Girl” by Thomas McGuane
I didn’t care much for this story, which feels far too “told” for me. Where are the scenes? Too few and far between. Also, it doesn’t seem terribly fresh. A prostitute in a small town marries the gay son of the town’s banker. Her motivation is related to the reason she’s a prostitute—her family’s farm was foreclosed on when she was a kid—and her goal is to take over the bank. Meanwhile, she has a son—the husband doesn’t ask too many questions about how that happened—and isn’t too upset when the husband moves to California to be with his lover. Eventually she has to answer some of her son’s questions. The end.
The author also had two stories in the magazine in 2011, and I didn’t much care for them either.