“Heading Home” by Benjamin Selesnick

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   You’re sitting at our bench. I see you: fifteen years old, late into a sweltering July night, just as you once were. The landscaped park is austere in its sparse lighting. The woods are on my right, basketball courts down the hill....

“Running on About Uncle Leonard” by Vivian Lawry

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   My great-uncle Leonard Butcher, one of eleven children, was eighty-three and closest in age to Granny Parker, so it was only natural that after Granny’s funeral, everyone went back to the house where he and Aunt Hattie lived to eat and...

“Ace in the Hole: Part II” by Jon Epstein

Issue 17 / Spring 2019 This piece is a continuation of Jon Epstein’s “Ace in the Hole,” published in the Quarterly’s Issue 16, Winter 2019.  A vague whisper in my gut said, “Your soul is being eclipsed by a locust cloud of misdeeds,” but I was...

“He Was My Dad” by Louise Turan

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   For a long time, I believed my father was the coolest of dads. He sat cross-legged on the living room rug, bongos tucked between his knees, accompanying Morton Gould and His Orchestra on the stereo (the album was Jungle Drums). No, my dad...

“Lock and Key” by Dufflyn Lammers

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   I called Benjamin from a Paris cafe on Avenue De Clichy. “I locked the keys in the apartment.” He laughed. “Tu rigole?” He spoke in French, I spoke in English, but we understood each other. “No, I’m so sorry, but I’m not joking.”...