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Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 2pm-3pm in the Crescent Room (CC211)

Join faculty  in a discussion of “A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness," which takes place in contemporary India and revolves around two men whose relationship puts their lives in danger and must be kept secret. One longs for a child, despite the multiple barriers that make this seem like an impossible proposition. The story won an O. Henry Prize for short fiction in 2017, and is included in the anthology we’ve used in our class: Best American Short Stories of 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer.

 

To prep: Read the story and think about any “I like/I wonder” you might have. 

 

I like: What is one thing you like in the story? This can be about form, content, style, argument, something it led you to understand, something it led you to question, something that surprised you, or something entirely else. 

 

I wonder: What is one thing that the story led you to wonder about? What curiosity did it provoke? This can be about form, content, style, argument, something it led you to understand, something it led you to question, something that surprised you, or something entirely else. 

 

If you are interested in more contextual information about laws banning consensual gay relationships in India, here are a couple of resources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/world/asia/india-gay-sex-377.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45429664

For More info

Lauren Taaffe
lauren.taaffe@olin.edu