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The Terminal City by Wendy Sivik

The Terminal City Lillian O’Connor’s life was over. She had accepted that her life had ended years ago, as Lillian Sovonowsky, on her eighteenth birthday, which spent almost entirely alone, was the day she discovered her insignificance. That’s the problem we face when we finally become adults. We wait so desperately for it to come […]

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Final Revision: Do as Friends Do

Nate was one of those kids who went to school without a lunch because his mum forgot to go to the grocery store that week. They weren’t really poor or anything, but sometimes it sorta seemed like it, the way his eyes widened when kids would talk about their summer holiday trips and whatnot. I […]

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Coming Home

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. […]

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Boxed

Jeff and I were the only ones in the house the week after Mom died.  The cancer had been swift, giving us mingled feelings.  Our father had passed many years before, peacefully in his sleep on Thanksgiving.  We had sent my niece Jillian into the living room to pry him away from the game for […]

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Brentwood Wife

I sat in the waiting room of the hospital watching as the doctor told a woman her husband didn’t make it through surgery. She started crying hysterically, hitting and kicking the chairs around her. She finally sat down on the pearly white floor with her head between her knees. Her breathing seemed to even out […]

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Fantasmas y Memorias

           As she drove down the A-44 towards Granada, Gabriela wished she’d brought a scarf. It was too beautiful a day to put up the hood of her convertible and she hated to cut off the view of Andalucía’s rippling hills, but the wind was tangling her hair all around her […]

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Dewey Decimal 180.01-201.01

Prudence struggled with the lock on the back door of the abandoned Trinity Middle School for Unfortunate Cases. The place had been closed after a public slaughter in a series of angry articles surfaced in the local newspaper. I read them, but I can’t quite recall exactly what they had said. I vaguely remember one […]

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Tortoiseshell

  Tortoiseshell It has only been a week since I got home from college and my family is already falling apart. Just last night Sam, my older brother, stormed out of the house because of some little thing my father said. I was in my room at the time so I didn’t hear everything, but […]

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Dangerous Laughter

Dangerous Laughter‘s opening paragraph gave me the impression that I would be reading not an anecdote about laughing parlors, but some philosophical record of a teenager who figured almost everything out over the course of this one “perilous summer.” This beginning was ominous and a bit melodramatic in it’s mention of an innocent spell of […]

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The title reads as though it were spread across the front page of the National Enquirer. I was absolutely thrilled with this story; the stream of conscious was on point, the pacing was effective, and the complications that this boy faces feel very real. We never get his name, and although he repeats that he […]

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<–(Bondville Miniature Village, Sewerby, Great Britain) One of the things I noticed about “Miniature Man” was the way in which she begins the story. We are immediately greeted with a concise explanation of how we have gotten to this moment at which the story begins, and we become increasingly attentive to the smooth but quickly […]

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Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis

I really enjoyed the voice throughout this story. He kept saying he wasn’t Elvis, but his life was very similar to Elvis’. In a way I think he was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t Elvis because he knew he had many similarities to Elvis. The voice of the story helped me better understand where this story was […]

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Dangerous Laughter

This story was unsettling and heartbreaking.  It has to be one of the strangest coming of age stories I have read.  It’s clear that the kids describe loving adventures, but they never go on them, these desires for adventures mirror the desperate desire they have to be different, to be anything but ordinary, and to […]

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The Girl Who Raised Pigeons

I really enjoyed this story after I got further into it. In the beginning I was very confused. At first I thought the story would be better not starting the way it did. I thought it might make more sense for the second part to open the story, but after finishing the whole story, I […]

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This was not the first time that I have read this story, but it was the only time that I understood more of what was going on. When I first read this, I had a lot of trouble with how it was worded. It is written like it is in dialect, so in places it […]

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Dangerous Laughter

This was one of the most bizarre stories I’ve ever read. While first reading I was expecting laughing club/laughing parlor to be a code for something bad or unacceptable these young teens were doing. I found it very ironic that Clara died from laughing because there are so many sayings about laughter being the best medicine and […]

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The last time I read this story I was looking for elements of the fantastic. Since I had trained myself to do that, it was a little difficult rooting myself in the place of the story. With a little thinking I decided that this story, like most of Millhauser’s stories, are deeply rooted in the […]

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Chemistry by Ron Rash

The story started off fairly normally at first before the religion came out at you. I didn’t understand the sudden turn towards religion and thought that it was a tidbit of information before we broke into the heart of the story. Then the story kept going and I realized that the religion was more than […]

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Stevie and Mama

The story “Stevie and Mama” surprised me in a lot of ways.  I found that I had to read it twice, because by the beginning I had almost forgotten when Roxy had come from.  Lee Smith is able to weave present and a huge chunk of past all together and make sense of all of […]

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Lincolnites

This story is very short.  There is so much packed into such a small amount of space, and we are able to fully understand exactly how desperate the times are, and how Lily has just come to accept this as the way things are, and she doesn’t take it negatively, but does what she can […]

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