From a modern young Iraqi’s suffering at the hands of his polygamist father to a post–Civil War barroom in Natchez, where a snake oil salesman plies his trade; and from a lovelorn man’s odyssey with his sister across rural Japan, seeking family solace, to the comeuppance and shame handed to a French orphan who slept with Nazis in order to survive; and finally to a Korean immigrant couple whose long-married life in New Jersey reaches back to a tragic past with a determined belief in the future, the five stories here range wide and run deep. We’re grateful to be able to highlight these remarkable pieces and their authors. Enjoy!
Old arguments are back. The ongoing themes in their long marriage.
Whoring teaches you how to act. I told myself the boy was my son.
“I’m in a bit of a hurry,” I said. “It’s kind of a family emergency.”
My parents were wed for six years before my father took a second wife.
Here is the mark, right in front of him: a gouty judge with a big purse.