H.L.S. Nelson

With the American girl, I had a chance. Americans do not want to be racist. In Russia we do not care. We are racist.

After The Deluge

Daniel DiFranco

We knew it was better just to ignore her, stay out of her way.


Bryan Shawn Wang

There was nothing Tempo hated more than lying to a grown up, but she didn’t want to disappoint Joy, who’d done her a huge favor by even telling her about the babysitting in the first place.

Einstein’s iPod

Stephen Graf

But, then again, perhaps the cause of my tears was that all of the counseling the courts had forced me to undergo had just made me soft.


Alessandra Davy-Falconi

This year, in fact, he had made a list of eligible women and he would begin (after August vacation) to interview them, as it were.

Fade to Beige

Kathryn Hively

“Butter is too bold,” Caroline announced, tossing the sheet of color samples to the floor. “In fact, this entire strip is too loud.” 

The Pits

Melanie Unruh

The summer my father left us, our front yard was filled with deep, grave-sized pits.


Christina Snyder

The ice cream truck drives by every night around 10:15. Like an old tire, the music sounds like it could deflate and go out of tune at any moment.