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 eight books, including The Adderall Diaries. Visit for more information. More from this author →