Hole in the Day by Christopher Tilghman

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Title: Hole in the Day
Author: Christopher Tilghman
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 22nd November 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: It’s Grant’s sister Geneva who comes to the door when he rings, and she tries not to look surprised.

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Grant and Lonnie have been separated by chance and decisions… so what will it take for them to be reunited?


This was a nice, easy and sweet reconciliation story. Which was an incredibly positive note to end The Mammoth Book of Westerns collection. After all, this collection has been filled with all sorts of violence, love and relationships. I liked that it ended on a story about being in love and finding a way to make the wrongs of the past work.

Grant and Lonnie may not have been a couple that I was necessarily desperately routing for, but they were a couple that I appreciated and wanted to have a happily ever after. Particularly since it was obvious that half of their issues come from misunderstandings and pride. Or at least, that’s how I read it…

This wasn’t one of those short stories that I’ll rant and rave about. And I don’t know that I would necessarily reread it. But it is definitely the kind of story that I appreciated and can say good things about.

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