Yet another please identify this book/story question
July 29, 2008 11:36 AM Subscribe
Trying to identify a short story I read a while back. It's been nagging at me and I'd really like to read it again. I posted this question last week but received, alas, only one response, so I thought I'd try again. Description is inside. Thanks!
posted by jujube to Writing & Language (9 answers total)
I think it must be a fairly "classic" short story because I read it as a school assignment, and it was in an anthology of short stories along with stories like The Lottery, The A&P, etc.
The story is narrated by the older brother. He has a younger brother who hero worships him, to the extent that the younger brother at one point breaks his arm because the older brother tells him that he could fly if he jumped off the roof or something like that. And then something happens, and the younger brother no longer worships the narrator. Can't remember what it was that happens, can't remember the title or the author.
Ring a bell, anyone? I've recently become enamored of short stories, and would love to read it again. And plus, I remember crying when I read it the 1st time over 20 years ago, and am curious to know how my jaded old self would related to the story.