The New Yorker Short Story Review
The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934
By: David Means
Published: October 25, 2010
David Means story of two F.B.I. agents, one grizzled and old, and the other a young by the book type, provides some interesting insights into the age gap between the two agents, but ultimately fails to catch the readers interest.
Mean’s use of lists throughout the story is an interesting formatting decision, but I am not entirely sure I understand the benefit of it. The insights of the older agent are interesting, in-depth, and very well thought out, but he just doesn’t really say anything we haven’t seen before in other similar examples.
Still The New Yorker did publish the story (which is a testament to the author undoubtedly) and there are some interesting literary techniques used throughout, just don’t expect to be enthralled.
David Means is an American writer from Nyack, New York. His stories have been published in magazine such as The New Yorker and Esquire.
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