"Deer Season" by Kevin Barry Originally published in the October 10, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
Before “Deer Season,” Kevin Barry had published two stories in The New Yorker: “Fjord of Killary” and “Ox Mountain Death Song” (posts here and here, respectively). Strangely, while I didn’t like “Fjord of Killary” at the time I wrote my post on the story, it’s a piece I remember almost as well as any other in the magazine over the past decade, and I have grown quite fond of it. I was also a big fan of “Ox Mountain Death Song,” and I remember it well, too.
And so, on to “Deer Season,” and I hope to many others over the coming years. Please let me know your thoughts below. I’ll share mine there too when I’ve finished the story . . . please oh please oh please be a good story.