Issue #150: Tiger

One Story has hit another milestone: our 150th issue. We’re going to save the big celebrations for our 10th anniversary next year, but today seems like a good time to pause and consider the 150 stories, by 150 different writers, that we’ve featured in our pages. When Maribeth and I launched One Story in 2002, our goal was celebrate the form of the short story and support the authors who write them. Now, with over 10,000 subscribers, One Story is more than just a literary magazine—it’s a community of writers and readers that feels like a close-knit family.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our newest family member: Nalini Jones. In “Tiger,” Nalini explores the complexity of a mother/daughter relationship strained by distance. Set in the lesser-known Catholic community of Bombay, “Tiger” follows Essie’s increasingly desperate efforts to bridge the gap with her daughter Marian, who has married an American and moved to the United States.  In many ways I found this to be a kind of love story, which leads Essie to a greater understanding of her own inner consciousness, but it’s the lushness of Nalini’s writing, and the keen hold on the emotional pulse of her characters that makes me so glad to have “Tiger” as our 150th story. Nalini is the author of the wonderful story collection, What You Call Winter (Knopf, 2007). To find out more about her work, you can visit her website or read her Q&A with us. In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy this new issue of One Story. Here’s to the next 150.

2 thoughts on “Issue #150: Tiger

  1. I loved this story. The mother seemed to recognizably real, both exasperating but also endearing. The opening and ending worked together beautifully.

  2. I loved this story, such a real description, making the character honest in her flaws and sympathetic; loved the ending with the coconuts raining down, all of the unrecordable thoughts set free, releasing the mother from her tensions. Brilliant.

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