Do by ............?
I can't tell you who wrote this because we are supposed to guess. It's part of a project by Fourth Estate to "assess the importance placed on name and reputation over quality of writing." Called ANONthology, it's a collection of nine stories written by nine different authors, including Joyce Carol Oates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Philip Hensher. A full list of authors and all the stories can be found here. The idea intrigues me, but I've got no hope of guessing who wrote what because I've not read anything by any of these authors so I've got nothing to go on.
Do is the first story, and is a really short story about a man whose daughter has died and the psychological affect this has on him. He spends all his time at the park watching a small child who laughs like his daughter, at the expense of all the other people he loves and who need him. dealing with themes such as obsession, mental breakdown and with an ambiguous, but possibly disturbing ending.
I enjoyed this one and I will go and read the rest when I get chance. And I will be interested in finding out who wrote what when it's revealed in October, even though I'm not qualified to guess myself.