Fiction from Liana Scalettar


Mom’s weirdo daughter brings home her arty theater friends. Mom makes what she hopes are ductile acquiescent noises. Mom’s boyfriend doesn’t buy it. He wants the friends gone. Mom resists. Weirdo daughter and company put on a show. Daughter wants Mom’s attention (secretly, of course) but Mom, trying her best, still somehow fails her daughter’s test. Mom missed the dance, missed everything but her daughter’s eyes fiercely on her when it was over. For Mom and Daughter, it’s over.

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including the memoir The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. He is the founder of The Rumpus. His feature film debut, About Cherry, was distributed by IFC. More from this author →