“The Burden of Perspicacity” by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   “Mom, check your email for a message from 20 West Spa. It’s not spam,” read the late-night text. Yep, there in my junk folder was the message I would never have opened. I was the recipient of a very generous gift certificate. A quick...

“A Father’s Love” by Gila Fortinsky

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   My mother’s first memory was a dark one. She was three, living in the gray, perilous misery of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. The ghetto had become her home as a baby. She, who had just celebrated her first birthday with her cousins, aunts,...

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

Issue 19 / Fall 2019 This piece is a continuation of Jon Epstein’s “Ace in the Hole,” published in the Quarterly’s Issue 16, Winter 2019, and “Ace in the Hole: Part II,” published in Quarterly’s Issue 17, Spring 2019.  It’s a...

“Trinity” by Karen Green

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Three. It’s a powerful number. There’s hardly any entity in our world that does not acknowledge the significance of the number three. If you’re a Jew, there are the Three Tribes of Israel. The...

“Threatened Abortion” by Noriko Nakada

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   I didn’t realize I was pregnant until we were moving out of the duplex and into our new condo. After a long day of hauling boxes, I collapsed on the new hardwood floors and tried to understand my...

“The Great Spirit Is My Vow” by Lynn Puhle

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   “You can have all the gold in all the hills, but I will take the smile of this tiny child.” Those were the first words my Mohawk grandfather said to my child when he first held her. Being weeks...