Everything you need to understand or teach The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories by Tobias Wolff.
The narrator of "River of Names" is a lesbian woman who is trying to escape her past by making up a happy childhood when she talks to her girlfriend, Jessie. However, her past comes back to haunt her and the fake childhood she has invented seems to make the memories all the worse.
Walter is the protagonist of All the Way...
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Lesson Plans contain 157 pages of teaching material, including: