First Line: “There once lived a girl who was killed, then brought back to life.”
After being introduced to Petrushevskaya earlier this month, I knew I had to profile one of her stories here. The only problem is they turned out to be near impossible to find in full text online. But The New Yorker came through for me!
“The Fountain House” is the story of a father’s devotion to his daughter. It can be read literally as a story of a girl doomed to premature death by a broken medical system until her father stubbornly intervenes, or in a more magic-realist way. The slant of the last two lines make me favor the latter, but either way it’s a beautiful story of paternal love. You can read it here.