“The Poltroon Husband”
by Joseph O’Neill
from the March 12, 2018 issue of The New Yorker

Inspired by Henry James, Joseph O’Neill gives us a tale about a cowardly husband who lets his wife investigate a mysterious noise in the night time. This story sounds better than the last few O’Neill stories that have appeared, “Pardon Edward Snowden” (here) and “The Sinking of the Houston” (here).

O’Neill has written several short stories lately, and so it’s unsurprising to hear he has a collection of stories — Good Trouble — coming out in June. This will be his first.

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