Some Other, Better Otto

It’s difficult to say exactly why this story—the reflections of intelligent, grumpy Otto about his aging partner William, his own aging, his uneasy relationship with his family, the sanity of his troubled sister, loneliness, and the new baby of his upstairs renter—is as wonderful as it very much is. The story is, in the end, a testament to the power of a whole person—caustic, funny, articulate, alone, lost and found, cruel and loving—given life on the page. Originally published in The Yale Review, eager readers can find it in The Best American Short Stories 2004 anthology.

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