Short story: “The Island”

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“The Island,” by Jack Underwood

Appeared in Granta 137, January 12th, 2017

3507 words

Small talk is complicated. It’s possible to be an objectively interesting person and yet to be so bad at small talk that your interestingness never comes to the surface. (On the other side of things, is it possible to be so good at small talk that your boringness never comes to the surface? Probably not. Somebody who’s good at small talk has, at the very least, an interesting skill.)