“Found Wanting”
by Douglas Stuart
from the January 13, 2020 issue of The New Yorker

Douglas Stuart is a brand new voice to, I’m assuming, most all of us. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, comes out next month, and this is the first story he’s ever published.

“Found Wanting” takes place in the 1990s and involves a seventeen year old gay man discovering personal ads. He eventually goes on a date with an older solicitor.

Now, all of that comes from the interview, which I found very nice and encourages me to read the story. As of yet, this morning I haven’t had a chance to read any of it, other than the opening paragraph, which I really like. It’s a great way to open this story:

I was ashamed of my glasses. They were the cheapest of government-subsidized frames, the type that poor pensioners wore, or middle-class students, when they wanted to appear ironic. The lenses were so thick that my green eyes looked jaundiced and only half the size they actually were. I never wore them when I should have. So I can’t quite picture the Solicitor’s face, but his car was black and German. It glided through the Glasgow smirr like a starling.

I look forward to reading it and hearing your thoughts. Go ahead and comment below! Let me know if you’re now going to read Shuggie Bain.

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