The Rise and Fall of Many Things

The Rise and Fall of Many Things

Frank found Mason striding back and forth across the sidewalk, likely to keep warm. Great volumes of snow had been falling each day, and the temperature hovered moist and heavy on the brink of freezing. The wind had a way of blowing the bloated snowflakes around in...
Miranda

Miranda

When Miranda walks in late with her red hair dripping, Miles doesn’t turn. He stays at the window watching a damp delivery man carry cases of Bud Light to the 7-Eleven across the street. “Hi,” Miranda says. Miles doesn’t tell her that she’s late. He doesn’t move to...
Storage

Storage

Margo went to Florida with Ted soon after she met him. The beach, Ted promised, and they left the frozen northeast in a minivan owned by the Tupperware company. It was a job: they could earn something during their winter break by traveling from one place to another....
The Forest

The Forest

WINNER 2015 Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, judged by Molly Antopol   Vilnius was the last place she wanted to be. She distrusted its beautiful streets winding past courtyards full of cars and cats and huddled ghosts, its beautiful flowers in wrapped tight bundles...
The Places I Couldn’t Go

The Places I Couldn’t Go

My good girl and me was happy as goldfish till she got pregnant. She would handle it. We agreed. This was where the smart money was. She was in two-year college, and we was both busted. Who could pay for a car seat? I caught the bus to work But she switched up outside...
Beer at the Lake

Beer at the Lake

You are the odd mom out, the one who doesn’t hang with the pack of moms, the one they don’t really get. You are standing at the lip of the swimming lake. It is a family camp in the summer, you are there with your husband, your kid’s schoolmates,...
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