From henceforth, for now, I'm going to step back to being a Monday-Wednesday-Friday blogger. Despite all the things I'd like to try on Tuesdays, I have a bigger need to finish revising some novels. But today you get one more list, though I'm not going to mess with numbers.
For my last Top Ten Tuesday, then, it seemed appropriate to pick my favorite story endings.
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It's hard to say why they're my favorites without giving spoilers, so pardon the vagueness. They range from the tender to the sublime, from bittersweet at best to shamelessly happy, and from the simply written to high poetry and prose. But all of them did for me what Tolkien famously believed to be a key function of the fairy tale—and I believe the same just as ardently, though not as famously—they gave me "a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief." I will forgive a book a multitude of wrongs if it pulls that off.
The list, then:
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma and Persuasion
Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse
Stephenie Meyer's The Host
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of the Island, Rilla of Ingleside, The Blue Castle, and Mistress Pat
Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead and Ender's Shadow
George MacDonald's Lilith
Shannon Hale's Princess Academy
C.S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy and That Hideous Strength and Till We Have Faces
John Green's Looking for Alaska
Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess
Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus
John Grisham's The Testament
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Gene Stratton Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost
Catherine Marshall's Christy
Kate Dicamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie
So many beautiful last pages. The memories keep putting massive lumps in my throat.
What are your favorite story endings?