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The Ambush
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The Ambush Reviews

  • Fran

    Grieving the death of a loved one can take many forms. Seven year old Tim, with the aid of eight year old Evie, acts out different battle scenarios trying to come to grips with his father's death in Vietnam. Daily barrages of firefights continue for hours on end. While Tim's behavior deteriorates, other family members turn inward. "The Ambush" by Donna Tartt is a multi-layered window into the action or inaction caused by personal loss.

  • Annet

    One word: Brilliant. What a story!I'm a big fan of Donna Tartt and the books she has written are pretty substantial in size. But now I know she can write short stories too. Very excited when I found this collection of short stories via , wow. The Ambush has the same broody atmosphere her books have. You just know something is going to happen that is not going to be very good It's the story of an 8-year old girl Evie, who meets a 7-year old boy Tim, whose father was killed in Vietnam. It all star [...]

  • karen

    WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!last year, amy(other amy) tipped me off to this cool thing she was doing: the short story advent calendar, where you sign up to this thingie here and you get a free story each day. i dropped the ball and by the time i came to my senses, it had already sold out, so for december project, i'm going rogue and just reading a free online story a day of my choosing. this foolhardy endeavor is going to screw up my already-deep-in-the-weeds review backlog, so i don't think i w [...]

  • Andrew Smith

    I love it when I come across freebie short stories written by writers I admire. True, you’re not going to get the depth of story or learn to love or hate the characters therein to the same extent as in a full length novel, but the trade off is that it’s likely to pack a punch and deliver a quick, satisfactory interlude to your day. And this one delivers just that.There’s no time for a build up, you’re straight in. A young girl visits the house of a boy she doesn’t know – Seven-year-o [...]

  • Maureen

    When 8 year old Evie becomes friends with newcomer 7 year old Tim, she's told not to ask about his father, who was killed in Vietnam. People are worried about the effect it might have on him, but Tim is more than happy to talk about his father, and soon has Evie acting out scenes from Vietnam and in particular his father's death scene. The firefights continue daily, and become ever more frantic. Tim's behaviour gets increasingly worse, but his mother and grandmother are unwilling to chastise him [...]

  • Pat

    4 starsA short story and one where the ending is maybe not so clear. For me, I interpreted this story as a boy trying to come to terms with the death of his father in Vietnam. Tim is constantly re-enacting war scenes to try and make sense of his loss. His new friend, Evie, goes along with play-acting war. Tim's mother and grandmother are background characters who are also grappling with loss and the changes in their lives. The ending shows how each of them in this small family of three is coming [...]

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    4 Stars I will admit to a little bit of scepticism regarding Tartt’s ability to hammer out a concise short story. While I simply adored both The Secret History and The Goldfinch, the reasons that both these novels worked for me – melodic, shattering, flowing prose that weaves into the peaks and valleys of my mind’s jumbled mess of life experiences – are precisely why I worried she would not do well in a genre which often requires that the most impact be infused into a short number of wor [...]

  • Thomas Strömquist

    Delicious short by Donna Tartt. I have two more stacked up and I'll see how long I can keep away from those. Writing's five-star of course, but the length of the piece is an obstacle to full-on immersion - it's just over too soon! I'm not going to do a synopsis, the title is adequate and now just read it!

  • Regina Fleck

    "Tartt" rhymes with "art".

  • Ana Rînceanu

    Ambiguity may be this short stories best asset. While Tim misses his father, he feels good when playing war convincingly even at the expense of others getting hurt. Tim's mother recognizes that her son's behaving badly, but does she ignore it out of grief or fear of his grandmother asking them to leave the house. Is Evie a good or bad child? Children need to play games so as to understand the world better, but I can't say with certainty what those two learned.

  • Scott

    A boy and girl bond and become friends through playing “war,” specifically Vietnam. Tim, whose father died in Vietnam, is a stoic little boy who daily wants to pretend to be in the war. He has recently moved with his widowed mother to his father’s mother, who lives next door to Evie, a little girl. Evie is warned not ask about Tim’s father but the first thing Tim says to Evie is that his father had died in Vietnam and asks her if she would like to act it out. They do this for some time a [...]

  • Lorrie

    This was an odd little story that left me wondering just what Tim's mother was really like. Was she grieving, was she street smart, was she mentally ill? Why wouldn't she let Evie use the phone to call 911? I wish the story would have been longer.On another thought, Tim & Evie ambushed Tim's grandmother when she was coming down the porch steps with the cake, but then again Tim's mother ambushed Evie when she went into the house to call 911. Ms. Tartt was trying to suggest many of the faces o [...]

  • Steven

    Heard this one on a recent Selected Shorts podcast and when I saw that it was freely available on the internet, I decided to read it instead.Really very good. Two kids, Evie (8) and Tim (7), spend their summer days playing in the yard of southern town. Except, the boy recently lost his father in Vietnam. The kids are all too eager to act out what they know of what is going on there. Short story, but richly drawn.

  • Badseedgirl

    This was an odd little tale about how different people deal with death differently.

  • Heidi

    I was enjoying this, and even laughed some. But it ended tragically. I would read some of Tartt's other short stories.

  • Robin Woodcock

    My book club read this and three other Donna Tartt short stories for our last get together. I liked The Christmas Pageant better. This one wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it as much. If you love Tartt, check it out since it's one more piece of writing by her and it won't take you long to cover, but I wouldn't recommend it as a Tartt entry point.

  • Tosact Limitet

    wanted to read

  • Aseel

    I've played and replayed this moment a lot in my mind over the years; and it all happened so quickly that even in memory it goes by too fast, I wince at it, knowing I can't stop it.

  • Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋

    Read it here: The Ambush