Surprise Party

Short Story

Psychological Suspense / Literary Drama

Adults & Teens

Sometimes the real story is told between the lines.

From the collection Stories with a Scowl, available for individual sale:

You are cordially invited to "Surprise Party," a dramatic monologue told in real time.

A young secretary arrives at her employer's house to join the surprise party held for him by his wife, Connecticut matron Agnes Van Meer. As the two women take tea alone, Agnes's dramatic monologue lets you explore the bursts, meanderings, proddings, and parries of speech and conversation—where the words tell you a story, but how the words are said can tell you even more…and where sometimes, the details you read between the lines say more than anything. Out from their hiding place beneath pleasantries and social graces emerge decidedly less sociable things: prejudice, secret agendas, and accusations of adultery.

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Categories: Psychological Suspense / Literary Drama

Reading audience: Adults and teens. (Mature drama.)

Length: Short Story (about 20 pages).