Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Table of Contents
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...describing a cruise to the Galapagos, on the back of which sheâs written, Shall we pack? But I canât travel anymore. I have care-min E, and Margaretâs missives to me on a domed plastic tray; Genevieve,â I tell him again and again. âI would like a martini, Some might say a child is not to be trusted with a decision like ...
Posthumous Fragments of Veronica Penn
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...her husband, though she didnât often want to. No, she liked to face full of what sheâd thought was confidence but later recog-nized as the irreverent beginnings of love. Saying, âI really should know your name.â Veronica, sheâd answered, and never had it fit her so well. This was at Grinnell. She remembered the ...
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Anna passes her parentsâ bedroom and sees through the cracked a dress. She adjusts its fit across her hips, zips its back zipper erâs not really looking at herself, but at the pieces of herself sheâs assembling. The light in the room is slow, museum-like. âThanks,â her father says, and Annaâs about to ask why he ...
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...crowded room and heâs on the other, but there is a little gap vio is her husbandâs friend, but her husband is at home with the flu. This evening she has learned that there are certain people with everything she says. Having been agreed with, sheâll begin scouring personality not at all her own, and theyâll just stand ...
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...âShow a little skin!â she shouted at the men loading onto buses had wily, rash-red faces, and shuffled forward in jerks as if pur-sued by the jabbing handle of a rake. Heads turned in her direc-of dust on the dashboard of a car. It didnât have to be strictly âIâll sell it to you for two hundred dollars. Thereâs some good ...
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...come to hate certain gestures of his, elemental things. The way bear my own disappointment, but I canât bear yours,â she said.âAdamâs always liked you. Heâs always noticed you. I donât think youâd have to work very hard to win him over, especially âYouâre assuming sheâs asleep. Youâre assuming Iâd want to ...
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...stayed awake what felt like most of the night, but was probably test. The sky was the color of milk in a blue plastic glass. In the told me I passed a restful night, that the expression on my face ing the trays in order of consumption. âWhat are you going to do today?â she asked as she packed the blood pressure cuff and ...
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The lily pads are gone, gone, and this is less a worry than a ver-dict: sad. Theyâve all died on the lake in Echo Park. Or is it lotus leaves? I canât remember. I read about it in the newspaper, a neigh-borhoodâs minor tragedy, but it feels larger to me. Pollution to blame, probably. I donât remember that part either, just the fact ...
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After the guests left, the bride floated for a while above a table more gently. âCome here,â he said. But she rotated just as he tried to kiss her. âIs something wrong? Didnât you have fun âIâve done this before, I admit. But this time itâs going to be different,â Norman said. âYouâre not like my exes, youâre ...
A Civilizing Effect
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Edith told herself she wasnât going to date now that she was a bling of an egg. It was called confusional arousal, and after he playersâ legs were too longâthree or four strides took them ting taller, as sheâd read somewhere, shouldnât the height of the basket be raised? Sheâd also read that they used to play the ...
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Iâd like to thank the editors of the following journals in which âMy Escapeeâ in Tin House; âA Civilizing Effectâ in A Public Space; âCelebrantsâ in McSweeneyâs; âThe Helpâ (as âChief of âExaminationâ in The Gettysburg Review; âPrivationsâ in The Cin-cinnati Review; âShelterâ in Quick Fiction; âPosthumous Frag-...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction