“For the Best”
by Ann Beattie
Originally published in the March 14, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.

March 14, 2016I think there are few participants in these New Yorker discussions who are fans of Beattie’s work (if I’m wrong, please speak up louder!). Because Beattie was a “New Yorker” author I’d heard so much about before I really started digging in, for a long time I felt like she was too important to dismiss. But I’ve liked next to nothing that I’ve read, so I don’t anticipate getting far into this one.

If I’m missing something, if there are any Beattie fans out there who are appalled by this response, I’m open to discussion and argument. I’d like to understand what I’m missing, as I’d much rather enjoy her work than not.

Looking forward to all thoughts you have on “For the Best” and Beattie below!

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