Father & Son Short Stories
February 3, 2014 8:24 PM   Subscribe

What are some good short stories that involve a son trying to live up to his father's expectations, but which don't turn out well?
posted by storybored to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Perhaps not along the lines of what you were thinking of, but Kafka's The Judgment stands the test of time.
posted by war wrath of wraith at 8:30 PM on February 3


A song? "Cats in the Cradle"
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:16 PM on February 3


"The Lie" by Vonnegut. That's one of my favorites from Welcome to the Monkeyhouse!
posted by Gravel at 9:41 PM on February 3


Why Johnny Can't Speed, by Allan Dean Foster.
posted by boilermonster at 10:55 PM on February 3


The Gift of the Prodigal - Peter Taylor. It's told from the father's point of view and the ending is ambiguous as to whether things turn out well as such, but it might fit. There's a brief summary (with spoliers) at the New Yorker here.
posted by Life at Boulton Wynfevers at 5:29 AM on February 4


A Day's Wait, E. Hemingway, as read by S. Keach.
posted by notyou at 6:10 AM on February 4


off the top of my head, Calling, by Richard Ford, but it seems it's a recurring theme of his work.
posted by nicolin at 6:26 AM on February 4


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