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The Golden Tower: A Fairy Tale

Lisa Alther
p. 337-342

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Adam sat beneath the wooden water tank on the roof of his building on West 57th Street, scanning the new tower block across the street with his binoculars. The walls were of tinted glass, with structural beams of an alloy that had a distinct golden cast. His neighbors had turned on their lights for the evening, so they were highlighted in their windows as though on a stage. On the tenth floor a woman he had named Mrs. Boring stirred a pot on her stove, while Mr. Boring texted in an armchair. Unlike many occupants, they left their curtains open to the night, so that any random voyeur could spy on them. But there was nothing to see. Even their sex life on their rumpled bed relied relentlessly on the missionary position.

Still, it was an improvement over the views into the ramshackle building this tower had replaced. The only thing to watch there had been elderly women opening cans of food for their cats. These widows, living in rent-controlled apartments on their social security checks...

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Lisa Alther, « The Golden Tower: A Fairy Tale »Journal of the Short Story in English, 73 | 2019, 337-342.

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Lisa Alther, « The Golden Tower: A Fairy Tale »Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 73 | Autumn 2019, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2021, consulté le 15 juin 2021. URL :

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Lisa Alther

Lisa Alther was born and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, and now lives in Tennessee and Vermont. She has published eight novels, a book of short stories, a narrative history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, and two memoirs. They have been translated into seventeen languages, and four were New York TIMES bestsellers. Her novel Swan Song: An Odyssey came out in 2020.

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