Jets and Sharks of the Midwest


I may be a sixteen-year-old German-Irish girl living in flat Ohio, but West Side Story is a chute I slide down, and every day I’m a little more Marisol, working in a west-side dress shop and kissing Pepe on the fire escape.

In a fun bit of fiction by Erin McGraw for American Short Fiction, the narrator experiences the timeless, transformational appeal of West Side Story.

Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →