Three new writers and two well-established ones are represented in our top five Stories of the Week from the past year. The story lines range from adolescent preoccupation with sex and death, to a sister’s distress over her sibling’s wedding, to an orphan’s search for belonging, to a family struggling with economic downturn, and to a civilian massacre in a war zone—all these threads and more engage and beguile us in these stories. We’re grateful to be able to share the moments of wonder and awe created by each of the five authors.
I loved that baby as though she were my own child.
I was a bad son. I was an extra son.
Father was painting the ground a lush red.
She wants a man made happy by the thought of her.
“Go fast,” she says, her voice soft, like an apology.