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Foreword

Charles Baxter

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pp. vii-ix

Here is a true story. Recently I found myself at a party in Manhattan. Somehow I managed to strike up a conversation with another guest about the particular locales where we had...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

Aeons have passed since we first lived in caves and warmed ourselves around small fires, listening to stories told by shamans and our elders. We listened back then because we knew if we failed ...

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Bob Seger’s House

Ellen Airgood

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pp. 1-13

The drizzle she’d been drifting through all morning was one thing, but when the sky let loose with a fusillade of rain, Ruth sprinted for a lean-to that sat along the tea garden’s meandering ...

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Among the Beasts

John Smolens

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pp. 15-30

I am here at a computer in the Learning Resources Center at the North Star Facility, the juvenile detention center in Hanley, Michigan, and at the request of my...

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Lay of the Land

Janet Kauffman

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pp. 31-34

Babies are born here and let loose. It happens in various places, in lowlands where you don’t expect to see animals, not even cats, or where if you do see them, they’re bulky as grade-schoolers with wide ...

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The Church of the Fellowship of Something

Thisbe Nissen

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pp. 35-48

Ginny Maakestad was in the middle stall of Our Lady of the Prairie’s ladies’ room, struggling blindly to unwrap and insert a tampon without reducing her wedding dress to something...

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The Silver Saxophone, Masks of Pain, and the People in the Hills

Gordon Henry

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pp. 49-68

The day I realized how poor I was, was the day I saw my grandmothers fighting in the yard. Grandmother Judy Standing Grand had just landed a weighty right hook into the mouth of Grandmother Alvina ...

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Friend

Laura Kasischke

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pp. 69-84

A person who has never been the cause of another person’s death cannot understand the plight, which becomes the life, of the person who...

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The Clean, Well-Lighted Afterlife of Ernest Hemingway

Michael Delp

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pp. 85-94

I’ve lived up here for well over 135 years and everyone knows me. I walk the streets and it’s as if I were in the same category as Keats or Balzac, both of whom live somewhere in the...

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Not Really

Michael Byers

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pp. 95-116

When Amy Beasley meets Charles Pelletier at Microsoft in the late 1990s he is a sandy-haired software developer with a big laugh and downslanting eyes and a broad face on which the skin ...

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Prepuce

Thomas Lynch

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pp. 117-132

It was the first of January that I quit smoking. That first winter after Sally died, late in October, the year before. Can twenty-five years be gone since then? We don’t feel the time...

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Cemetery

Loren D. Estleman

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pp. 133-142

Roy Granger—he wasn’t “Uncle Roy” then—sold his house in the territorial capital in 1871 and spent most of the proceeds outfitting himself as a prospector. The proprietor asked him...

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Walk-on

Gloria Whelan

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pp. 143-154

Laura Castor, in her junior year at the university, was going to change the world. She was taking Russian because of the brave Soviet Union. Germany had invaded the Soviet ...

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Weep No More Over This Event

Ander Monson

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pp. 155-172

I came upon him as he was rustling through the DVDs downstairs, throwing them into a sack in what appeared to be a selfcongratulatory way, as if laughing to himself, probably at the selection, which ...

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Card Night

Mardi Jo Link

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pp. 173-184

They’d insisted she attend, stating the obvious: three-handed euchre was just no good. Josephine was gone and according to the charter, daughters were required to take up their

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The Warrior

Desiree Cooper

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pp. 185-186

Invalid, as in not valid, without force or foundation—indefensible, as in the blaze of a father’s knuckles that sends a boy running into the arms of an uncle. Sam enlisted at sixteen with ...

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Chance

Peter Ho Davies

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pp. 187-194

There was a chance the baby was normal. There was a chance the baby was...

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A History of Water

Natalie Bakopoulos

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pp. 195-214

The history of Cassis is a history of water, and the jagged cliffs that flank this town prove the power of currents, of ancient river mouths. At night the waves crash over the lighthouse at the end of the...

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The Shrine

Michael Zadoorian

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pp. 215-226

Steven didn’t have a dark side. He wished he did because everyone who was great and talented and yes, cool, had a dark side. For him, it just wasn’t there, as much as he wished it were. Sure, he drank ...

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That Story

Jack Driscoll

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pp. 227-240

Wherever my mom finds these articles I haven’t a clue. All I know is that she clips them out and hands them to me to read. “Look, Fritzi, another miracle,” she says, the most recent...

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The Migration

Matt Bell

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pp. 241-258

After each killing the migration would quicken.

The men killed one and another migrated. The men killed two, and a dozen left. This was the method of the migration, of its start and its ...

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Death of a Marriage Counselor

Eileen Pollack

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pp. 259-278

Loretta pulls into the lot. Jenna climbs out of her car and turns to thank her for giving her a lift. She is startled when Loretta gets out with...

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Cretia’s Gal

Bill Harris

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pp. 279-292

Saturday, April 1, 1854. Caledonia Plantation, Mardalwil County, Alabama.

It was cloudy that morning. It would be raining by that afternoon.

At the top of the hill inside Highland House in the drape-shrouded...

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The Tattoo

Bonnie Jo Campbell

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pp. 293-312

At the county fair, MacGregor bought a long strip of tickets from a man with one arm, and he and Silvie Ross climbed aboard the Tilt-A-Whirl and then the Zipper, the Starship...

Contributors

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pp. 313-319