Beg Borrow Steal

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The first thing Pop do when he get home from Angola Prison is shove you and your little sister out the front door. He don’t even say hi. He just tell Mama to please give him a dollar for you…

Bright Bright Bedlam

Karen Heuler

We have to be careful because our residents can go wandering. Canes, walkers and even wheelchairs don’t hold some of them back when the idea takes them to go off somewhere.…

Innocence

Greg Wrenn

In the museum that used to be a factory, along a river that was once a fjord, the first Agnes Martin painting I saw was Innocent Happiness.…

Management

Erin McGraw

Teenagers twine around each other and complain to me about the lame music. Do they think I can do anything about it?…

Fading

Petar Ramadanovic

You’ve been fading lately, my wife says. You used to have this presence and now, look at you. You are almost see-through.…

Scarred

Yasmine Beverly Rana

Characters LAUREL: an American war correspondent in her early-mid 60s AHMAD: a Pakistani-British writer and professor in his late 50s Place A hotel room at London Heathrow Airport’s Holiday Inn Time Early afternoon, the present The sound of airplanes taking…

The Body as a Cage: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

Benjamin Woodard

In his second novel, The Betrayers, David Bezmozgis has crafted an epic contained in a thimble: he has distilled forty years of political intrigue, disloyalty and confinement into a compact volume that aims to needle the concepts of birthright and personal integrity.…

Going Home

Chika Unigwe

Whenever Agu tried to remember the day they fled Jos, he remembered grief: a sadness that his dog could not come with them. He also remembered that they left in the thick of night. …

An Alphabet of Escapes

Jeff Oaks

If not for those abandonments, those plots behind lawns, at edges of railroad tracks, forgotten by farms, unassessed, wild-appled, where strange water ran or welled up or undermined.…

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