the hardest/the truest

“This will sound cheesy, but every single one of these stories, as I was writing it, was the hardest story I’d ever written. Every single one felt like a failure, felt lifeless, felt fraudulent at advanced stages. And in typically perverse fashion, every single one also felt the truest.”

–Nam Le on the stories in his first collection, The Boat

word count: 5,684

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