the short story project

The Last Summer of Our Patriarch

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The Last Summer of Our Patriarch by Idra Novey

A Chilean family gathers for their annual vacation together at a spot along the seam between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Desert. In a languid atmosphere reminiscent of Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and David Vogel’s Facing the Sea, the family wakes to find half their shoes have gone missing. Without falling into the tropes of mystery or farce, the missing shoes lead to a fissure within the family, pitting the aging Socialist patriarch against his offspring and their desire to resolve the problem with money.