If I'd Known You Were Coming
Publication Year: 2013
Kate Milliken knows the ties that bind and how tautly we will pull them. These are stories about desire, betrayal, love, regret, and family. Like all great fiction, If I’d Known You Were Coming possesses that uncanny ability to reveal us to ourselves.
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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...lieving stories are sustenance, and for their creativity, love, uncanny insight and laughter. To Louise Jarvis Flynn, for always Seminars, for these cherished friendships, for an unrivaled com-munity, that vortex of relentless knowledge. For their writing, magazines where these stories fi rst found homes, but especially ...
A Matter of Time
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...bad enough Lorrie was sure it couldn’t get any worse. This was to catch a foot. The bungalow with the little kidney-shaped pool with the cracked fl oor, empty, leaving only a slick of green point-ing toward the drain. This was on the other side of a head-high just blocks from a mall—a mall, for god’s sake. On the weekends ...
Names for a Girl
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Deirdre’s mother folded the trailer doors closed, snapped the padlock shut, and told Deirdre to sit in the car’s backseat, that it ric of the Le Car (her father always called it the the Car) and the straight gray line of street that stretched out before her like an arrow, out past all the matchbox houses. She could feel her mother ...
The Whole World
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...against a sun-browned hillside, a muted blue sky, cloudless, still. They were stopped at a four-way stop, Bill sorting out the next turn, trying to go from memory. There was a kid’s bike discarded on a weedy lawn. A dog sniffi ng at an overturned trash can. The wasn’t a horse in sight. Roxanne shifted in her seat then pushed ...
Everything Looks Beautiful
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...on the cowhide skirt. She likes the feel of the tanned leather, the smooth slip of it across her legs as she dances. She dances to ma-There is the sound of the mower on the front lawn and Lila goes curtains. The curtains are sheer and white and she is sure—once the sway of her hips, the twist of her silhouette behind the fabric. ...
Parts of a Boat
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...halyard against the mast. Catherine edges herself down from the eyes. She is still resolving herself to the horror the small, round mirror has revealed—her hair smashed, her face lined with sheet ing, followed by the quick, clipped footsteps of a woman on the dock. The boat leans starboard: the woman pulling herself aboard. ...
Man Down Below
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...walk from your front door down to this corner and if he is going to be right here tomorrow, holding out a cup of coffee, waiting for you. “What do you think, Eddie?” you ask, turning around. No, “I’m sorry you feel that way,” you say. Not apologizing, but his voice, no sign of anger. Shouldn’t the word hell call for some ...
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...dog by dipping a cup into the bag of kibble, bringing it up empty, can opener around it like a pantomime, before fi nally circling the empty bowl with a spoon—all of this as if Josie were stone dumb, never mind the torture this pretend feeding was on the poor dog, breathing and the slap of his tongue to teeth, his provoked hun-...
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...is a wonder. He agrees and then tells me he has just walked off a plane, an on-schedule landing at O’Hare, returning from his mother’s. He tells me that he retrieved his car from Kiss & Fly lot #2 (cheaper than the #1, but a train and a bus away) and that the fi rst thing he did (his dead phone tethered to the car’s lighter ...
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...fl oor. Grasping her pants to her breasts, her thighs clenched in a feeble attempt to hide her nakedness, she scurried the fi fteen feet latched, she threw herself on the couch and listened to him move Cloverfi eld Boulevard—just off the 10 freeway. Everyone seemed friendly enough, nodding to familiar faces, but forgoing chitchat. ...
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Hank found the girl, Caroline, in the kitchen at daybreak, fi x-ing coffee and remarking on the silence and how she wasn’t used young for coffee, but he was glad to see it ready. She followed bran. She said she liked the way the horses smelled. “Their shit and everything.” She liked to talk, but not too much, and she had ...
Sleight of Hand
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...father—just before going—had said, “You are almost a woman.” And then there was a man, the man who kept me for several days. A friend of my father’s—that is what he told me. He was in the “Dolores,” he said, as though he’d just fi nished setting the “Who are you?” I asked, putting my hand to my throat to feel ...
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...the other, in a rather organized and unagonizing way. First his father, in early October, a stroke over his Post and tea. His mother followed six weeks later, before the holidays, in her sleep. It fi t “So considerate,” a woman in eggplant black said at his mother’s wake, caressing the back of Drew’s hand as one might a smooth ...
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Page Count: 150
Publication Year: 2013
Edition: 1st ed.
Series Title: Iowa Short Fiction Award
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth