“Near Grenoble” by Félix Fénéon

Murder, affairs, secrets all come together in this incredibly short piece.

Bones have been discovered in a villa on Ile Verte, near Grenoble, those—she admits it—of the clandestine offspring of Mme P.

I marvel at how much drama is packed in those few words. It’s from Novels in Three Lines, and I can totally see how completely flushing out the plot, the characters, telling the events behind this discovery and the consequences of the bones being found could result in a full-fledged novel. I love this distilled version though, this condensed new story. Not a single word is wasted, each has to sparkle.

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