"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends." ~ Pip's Lament "Great Expectations" (Chapter 4, pg. 25)
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“Caring for Plants,” by Hye-young Pyun “Oghi knew that his mother-in-law was worried about him. He also knew that she blamed him. He was the reason that her one and only child was gone.”
FROM THE ARCHIVE: If you liked this story, we think you will enjoy “The Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, from a 2005 issue of the magazine.
The author describes the themes of “Caring for Plants,” her short story in this week’s issue of the magazine.
The first entry in our new series of online flash fiction: “There’s nothing more to do but wait, and either acknowledge the person beside you, or not.”
Notes from New Yorker writers on books to read this season.
What “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about ethnic hatred and the literary imagination.
"Culture and capital clash in Diksha Basu's charming, funny debut. The Windfall is a heartfelt comedy of haves and have-nots.”—Publishers Weekly
Emmanuel Carrère’s “The Kingdom” explores how a tiny sect became a global religion.
Matthew Klam’s début novel goes all in on the pathos of feeling completely unwanted.