“Funny Little Snake”
by Tessa Hadley
from the October 16, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

Over the past decade, Tessa Hadley has become one of my favorite authors. I think The New Yorker editors agree that her work is exceptional and valuable, because they steadily publish her work. I wish, though, that I saw more general attention thrown her way. Ah well. Some day, hopefully. Until then, I am thrilled we keep getting to enjoy her work. Her last story to appear in The New Yorker was “Dido’s Lament,” and we had a nice long exchange about that story here. For me, it was one of the best stories published in the magazine last year; others appreciated the writing but not the story.

I haven’t even looked to see what “Funny Little Snake” is about. I’m planning to read it over lunch today. I look forward to seeing what we have this time, and to the conversation below!

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