“In Sight of the Lake,” by Alice Munro
Appeared in Granta 118: Exit Strategies, February 2nd, 2012; online here; collected (apparently with a change in the main character’s name) in Dear Life: Stories, published October 13th, 2012 by Douglas Gibson Books
(Spoilers.) A good story. Excellent last line. It’s hard to tell how much of this is happening and how much is something that happened a long time ago, before Jean got here. The frequent one-sentence paragraphs do a lot for the voice and the feeling of disorientation.
I’m surprised to see Munro writing something with such a blatant twist ending—something that seems rare in literary fiction. I guess I’m not that familiar with her work.
Edited to add:
Not quite yet, but almost, readers know where this story is headed.
It is almost as predictable as the fact that a railway leads to a train station. (See “Train”.)
—Buried in Print (x)
I found it to be quite unlike what we’re used to seeing in Alice Munro. In fact, more than reminding me of an Alice Munro story, it reminded me, in some small ways, of John Cheever’s “The Swimmer.”
I can’t remember another Alice Munro story where I knew how it was going to end before we got there.
—Trevor Berrett on The Mookse and the Gripes (x)