Lost in the Woods

"For many readers, a happy ending is a requirement. I don't mean a simplistic happy ending, but one that's been earned - by hardship and mishap, by dedicated labor and determination and faith, by good character overcoming bad luck. My own tolerance for happy endings, however, is very low. I don't believe in them. I think this may explain why I approve of short stories, in general, more often than I do of novels. Novels tend toward the restored and offered world; they tend toward happiness, hard-earned and bittersweet as it may be, while short stories tend otherwise. They are less conclusive, less closed, less ordered and unchaotic." - Antonya Nelson - "Lost in the Woods" - The Writer's Notebook