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Hannah Markos Williams

This Story is About Water: Excerpt from a Novel
We were sitting on the roof, at dawn, while the sky was pinking up and getting hot…
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Sarah Cypher

Fiction

The Overkill
She will be fifty when she tries to shoot her first snake. By then she will be tending daily to the slope of lawn behind her property’s cinderblock garage and tiny ranch house…
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Robin Lippincott

Fiction

Psithurism
Late night in their Boston apartment, Thomas and Seth are in bed drifting off to sleep when Seth, a musician with an all-too keen ear for sound…
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Erin Osborne

Fiction

Mother and Daughter Should Meet
in the North Atlantic, southeast of Nantucket Island, where 40 meters down there exists a dense salt river beneath the ocean…
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Steve Lane

Fiction

Pit Stop
The woman and the girl are driving quickly along a two-lane road through heavy woods…
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Lesley Howard

Fiction

A Mother’s Modulated Reckoning
A half-feral cat came with the house. It lived under the front porch. “We can get animal control out here for you,” the real estate agent had said…
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Amanda Minoff

Fiction

Excerpt from The Child Who Does Not Know How to Ask
Renee wears a multicolored headscarf and long silk dress—sleeveless, in celebration of the springlike weather…
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Cynthia Sylvester

Fiction

Dark Cloud Is at the Door
I guess you both planned it that way, the way he left. I guess it was better than a big fight and him storming out the door with a suitcase, yelling…
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Helen Fremont

Essay

Family Volley
We played in the basement, which doubled as a two-car garage. The ping pong table had dispatched the cars to the driveway, where they weathered the snows of Upstate New York and watched us through the windows of my childhood…
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Leah De Forest

Essay/Fiction

Orange Peel
When my brother and I were small, and my mother was out somewhere—at work, or perhaps in a psychiatric hospital, I don’t recall—my Dad showed us how he could peel an orange…
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Margery Gans

Fiction

Her Red Hat
They couldn’t go back and look for the hat she had left in the station. He had given her a red hat, the kind that was fashionable just now, and could be pulled down to cover her ears…
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Jonathan Fakayode Hadas Edwards

Essay

Probable Future Tension: Reflections on Nepali Time
To an impatient foreigner, what’s unnerving about life in rural Nepal is the sense of stasis. It’s as if nothing has ever changed and nothing ever will…
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