“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.”...

“A Catch in the Spokes” by Maggie Harrison

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   For years, I was silent. I told no one. Today that changes, partly because of you, moving your eyes across this page, participating in my liberation. Or my re-traumatization. Or elements of each. I won’t pretend it’s just one or the...

“The Missing Link” by McKenzie Caldwell

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   A person can only sit in her car for so long before the frigid November air sneaks in and tries to leach off her body heat. I looked at the small neon sign blaring Stone Tavern through the window, and then back at the front door, which...