Why that Crazy Old Lady Goes up the Mountain: 01/12/12
In "Why that Crazy Old Lady Goes up the Mountain" by Michael Libling, God is dead. A family on the hill is stuck with the job of keeping this truth secret and trying to help people pass on but they aren't very good at it. There's also a failed romance doomed to repeat through numerous variations. And all of this story is chopped up in a blender and told at what appears to be random snippets.
I know story was well received on a number of blogs but it just didn't click for me. I liked the "surprise" ending but the work up to that point seemed like too much effort for an ending that's been done before.
Frankly, I'm currently reading a much better story with similar characters and themes: Fullmetal Alchemist. The problem with a short story is there just is so much room for things.