Violence

Violence

When she said time, she meant her grandmother’s mink coat, still torn from the formal dinner wars, holding its breath under the clear laundry bag in a dark closet. The woman went missing for three days. She and her husband had been talking from either side of the...
A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor

Alexei Alexeivich Alexeev was a genuine knight in shining armor. For example, one time, seeing from a passing tram how one lady, having tripped over a flower pot and dropped a glass lampshade for a table lamp out of her shopping bag, which immediately shattered,...
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Sounds unspooling from the stereo. The sky low and gray. A bit of futuristic windmills here, a homemade billboard there (HELL HAS NO THERMOMETER), over there a stretch of satellite dishes and soybeans, and over there deer after deer, facing the green grass of the...
Back Among the Superheroes

Back Among the Superheroes

Davis pushed the buzzer and waited. When the catch released he pulled open the heavy glass door. In the elevator he ran a hand through his hair and rolled his shoulders. He straightened his posture, made himself as tall as he could. Jens and Vera lived on the seventh...
The Stopover: a novel excerpt

The Stopover: a novel excerpt

Mother shit zhopa fucking blei sosat stinking kibbutz, thought Ulya as her green stilettos kept lodging in the soil of the cabbage field. But what was she supposed to do? Go to her nightly tryst in work boots? A gust of wind swept down from the darkness of Mount...
Moon

Moon

Though I live blocks from my friend, Cee’s, I’m pretty sure I’m not near any of our places. We teach at the same college–she studies fossils, writing grants to go to countries, and I write stories of how I used to be a farm girl, then a medic, my weeks as a cop....