Water Off a Black Dog’s Back – Part Four

This week’s reading is part four of Water Off a Black Dog’s Back by Kelly Link. It is part of a short story collection called Stranger Things Happen. It’s about seventeen and a half minutes long. Like other Okanagan Reader stories it is licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike. You can find my review of the book here. Listen to this and other stories on the Audio page.


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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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5 Responses to Water Off a Black Dog’s Back – Part Four

  1. I really liked this story. It has an unexpected ending —just as many of Kelly’s short stories—, and I think the best thing about Kelly’s stories is the way she manages to constantly lead us to thinking: “okay, I know something surprising must happen, but I have no idea how she’s going to do it this time.”

    This story is one of my favourites, along with “Louise’s Ghost”. Nice choice, Jim.

    Best wishes,

    • arjaybe says:

      Thanks, David. I’m enjoying this project, and I’m enjoying revisiting KL’s stories, too. Have you contacted her about translating them?


      • I did write a Spanish version of Stranger Things Happens, but I
        couldn’t contact Kelly back then in 2018. It is a great anthology,
        really fun and inspiring. I can totally understand why you like
        revisiting her stories.

        I’ll keep an eye on your post for further stories like this.

        Happy reading,

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