Lately I’ve been struggling with a couple of different short stories because, even though they’re “complete,” they aren’t finished — not by a long shot. And the primary reason for this is simply that the endings aren’t right. The endings work, sure. The endings might be interesting, sure. But they aren’t right. They aren’t perfect.
So, bearing in mind that perfection isn’t terribly realistic, I’d like to beg you the following questions:
What’s the best ending to a book or short story that you’ve ever read or written? And, what makes it the best for you? Its artfulness? Its surprise? Its brevity? Its largess?