“Grandmother’s Gifts” by Valerie Kinsey

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   Grandpeg—that’s what we grandkids all call her—gave us gifts every time we drove the two hours to her house for a visit. Upon arrival, my brother and I would run to our beds, throw down our backpacks, and open presents wrapped in her...

“Life Support” by Karen Zey

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   The hum and swoosh of the ventilator echo constantly in the small room in the ICU. My 37-year-old husband, Michael, lies as if asleep—his eyes closed, his face rosy and serene, his injury invisible. A thick, white bandage swathes his head. Three...

“The Perfect Grandmother” by Ariella Neulander

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   I was determined to be a model grandmother. Less than two years ago, my charming but guarded and somewhat anxiety-prone son, Zach, finally married Becky, his gem of a girlfriend. And three months ago, they had their first child. When they called...

“Shoving” by Jon Epstein

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   When I received my high school aptitude tests results, smuggling drugs wasn’t one of the vocations listed. “Honey, we’re home!” I was startled awake by Danny yelling when he and Steve entered the hotel room; smells of exhaust fumes, fresh fruit,...

“Late-Night Phone Calls” by Noriko Nakada

Issue 14 / Summer 2018   My eyes were still adjusting to life in LA, to the void of stars in a navy sky, to the helicopter and airplane lights hovering above, to the brown haze always on the horizon, when the phone calls started. The phone calls usually came late at...

“The Bardo of Goodbye” by Charisse Coleman

Issue 13 / Spring 2018   I believe Misha may be dying. It is hard to tell. He weaves like a drunken sailor, hind feet slithering out from under him on the wood floor. He’d lost a third of his body weight when he went into the hospital two weeks ago; now that he’s out,...