Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” is a great short story about abortion. Another is David Foster Wallace’s “Good People,” which was published in last week’s New Yorker. It’s online here. Hurry. New Yorker content doesn’t stay online for long, and this is a story that’s not to be missed.
Neither Wallace nor Hemingway mention the word “abortion” in their stories. The couples in the stories avoid directly naming the terrible reality they are contemplating. They talk around it. They think around it, as most people do. Hemingway, the master of dialogue and spare detail, views his troubled couple from the outside. Wallace does the opposite. His story takes place inside the mind of a young man sitting next to his girlfriend as they wordlessly wonder whether to keep the clinic appointment. The ending is perfect.
Meanwhile, Jody Bottum wants to compile an anthology of pro-life fiction.