The Mast Year - Granta Magazine

The Mast Year

Diane Cook

‘Sounds like a mast year . . . it’s a thing that happens to trees. But sometimes it happens to people too.’

Jane stuffed as many of her belongings into her purse as she could. She’d just been called to her boss’s office and she knew what that meant. Nothing good ever came from a visit to the boss’s office. If she was about to be fired, she wanted her things with her.


Diane Cook

Diane Cook is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA.

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