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The Toast Always Wins: An Interview with Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce’s debut collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, published in 2013 by A Strange Object, is an imaginative delight, unpredictable, amusing, and frequently heartbreaking. Set in Japan, Luce’s stories bring the reader into a world that’s slightly askew yet still familiar. They tickle the mind and touch the heart while lingering in…

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Lot by Nikolaj Volgushev

We kept returning to the lot because there was the body of a man there and good shade for when the afternoon sun got to be too much. The body sat in the driver seat of an ancient, rusty car, perfectly preserved as though frozen. The man had died at the wheel with a calm,…

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Two Flash by Emily Corwin

Bildungsroman (after Sonya Vatomsky) If you come upon a fire, trembling still with bark and pine cones, almost out, you go by. If you come upon a rustling, a pair of eyes blinking back, you go by. You go by because this is the woods and you know what happens to little girls, skipping into…

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Phainopepla by Michelle Ross

Even before our brother poisoned us, we lived in the woods, only then we’d each been alone. And we had to hunt and hide, to survive. It was a difficult life, lonely. But we’d learned from our mother to trust no one. Then our mother died, and our brother opened a window in the house…

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Congo by Eric Grunwald

Ants, little black ones, were crawling over my hand where it supported me on the edge of the blanket, and it was all I could do not to brush them off. But Beth was staring intently into a tree where a cardinal or finch—we hadn’t decided which—was perched, the parts visible to us red against…

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Pieces Kept by Lynsey Morandin

I didn’t mean to, but I found them. I wasn’t looking for them, didn’t even know they were there. I was just putting some of your clothes away, piling socks on top of t-shirts on top of pants in the closet, and there it was, the box. Just there behind all your hanging button-ups, a…

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Greatest Hits by Nicholas Olson

Julia likes to wrap her naked self in the plastic flowers of my shower curtain when we finish getting high. Marigolds dot her body like pox of sickness, one covering her mouth so I can’t see her tell me she doesn’t love me, can’t, won’t, refuses to, so don’t bother asking. I put on some…

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An Inability to Focus by Charles Rafferty

When she asked if Jerry had protection, he showed her the black square of the Trojan. It had been in his wallet for so many months it looked like the wrapper was concealing a monocle. It didn’t look trustworthy in the dim light of her dorm room, and he thought about how dumb the name…

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The Spyglass by K.C. Mead-Brewer

I always felt empty as a kid, and some nights I feared I might wake up on the ceiling, floating like a hollow barrel on a dark sea. My Aunt Theo often tried cheering me up, but it wasn’t until I happened upon one of her secrets that it finally did any good. It was…