The Fortune Teller’s Daughter by Jenny Wong

The fortune teller’s daughter did not inherit her mother’s gift of sight, but rather her father’s nimble fingers and sleight of hand.  While her mother whispered visions into eager ears with unsettled hearts, her father wandered between striped tents and carnival lights, alleviating pocket trinkets from those whose hands were too full of cheap prizes …

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God’s House by Phebe Jewell

George follows me everywhere, so I tell him to stay and keep an eye on Mom while I scout our new neighborhood. Since the night we snuck out of Daryl’s house, she can’t finish a sentence. She stands in the kitchen, unpacking and repacking boxes, staring out the window, flinching at every horn or revved …

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Opening by Willow Barnosky

A crow performed an awkward dance while Samuel filled up the car, unaware, and I watched from the passenger seat. The gas station was busy at the end of rush hour, but the crow didn’t seem fazed by the traffic. She bobbed near a dumpster in the parking lot, picking up, shaking, dropping a crumb-filled …

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I Had An Orgasm in a Graveyard Once by Shannon Frost Greenstein

This was back during my illustrious undergraduate career, which is a different story for a different day, but the experience still stands out, the cloistered stillness, the dead of night, a crucified Christ standing sentry, watching voyeuristically from the steeple of the ornate church. We had been flirting all night, and sex was imminent; it …

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