February 11th, 2021

everything ends

[Rec] "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich

So, this isn't one of my "read a thing that isn't related to class or current research!" articles/stories, but I wanted to share it anyway, because it's one of the pieces I assigned one of my classes for tomorrow, I just re-read it, and it's great.

It's also about brothers... and cars... and roadtrips (to Alaska)... and PTSD so LOL you see where I'm going here. But with being Chippewa and the Vietnam War, in addition.

What I feel like is done just so magnificently well here happens in the first and last paragraphs. Here's the first one:
I was the first one to drive a convertible on my reservation. And of course it was red, a red Olds. I owned that car along with my brother Henry Junior. We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share. Now Henry owns the whole car, and his younger brother Lyman (that's myself), Lyman walks everywhere he goes.
The question: How does Henry come to own the car, when he's the one with boots full of water?

Read: "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich (12-page short story)