Genre: Short Story
Published: The New Yorker
Challenge: 21st Fiction Yahoo Group
Date Read: January 26, 2008
"For everything poisonous there's something else nearby to cure it."
That one line at the end of the story, in my opinion, sums up the entire story. The main character, Billy, sees something poisonous in the woman who has moved into the house down the way from his own and sets about to find the cure. Does he succeed? I believe he does. The story is extremely short, and only took me about 10 minutes to read. At times I found myself wondering what the point was, but then the ending made it clear....and I feel made the story worthwhile and thought provoking.