Back when I was just 16 years-old, I traveled to New Zealand for a semester as an exchange student. Seven years later, as I began my Master’s Thesis in England, I wrote a series of semi-autobiographical short stories about my trip. They are told from several perspectives, including those of my host family.
The first two are called “The Goat’s Tether” and “Fishing.” My second host family (never mind about my first) were a divorced couple whose teenage daughter went to school with me. I spent most of the time with the Mother and Step-Father, and a few days each month with the Father and Step-Mother (and her evil daughter). These two stories are told from the perspective of the Mother and Step-Father.
They are my absolute favorite pieces of writing I’ve every done. I like them better than my novel! I was reading the wonderful New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield when I wrote these, and I think it shows a bit in the style.