To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering. ...more
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I searched in its beady eyes and tried to find a motherly warmth. ...more
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Could scars be daughters? The hands don’t understand why I am asking this. ...more
Tags: Andrea Passwater, daughters, fairy tale, fairytale, faith, flash fiction, God, hansel and gretel, microfiction, motherhood, mothers, on monsters, religion, Rumpus Original Fiction
“I wanted the thing to feel as ordinary as bread.”
Tags: A Permanent Freedom, A Tall History of Sugar, Akashic Books, caribbean, colonialism, Curdella Forbes, Donna Hemans, fairy tale, Flying with Icarus, ghosts, historical fiction, history, identity, Jamaica, Jamaican, postcolonialism, race, slavery, Songs of Silence, sugar, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tumela Gut
Ayşe Papatya Bucak discusses her debut story collection, THE TROJAN WAR MUSEUM.
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Peg Alford Pursell discusses her new story collection, A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST.
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The sentence is Groff’s most fertile ground. ...more
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Elizabeth Crane discusses her latest collection,
Turf, how where she has lived has shaped her work, and why she loves writing in first-person plural. ...more
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I am glad to be free of that tyrant, even if it means I am an end table waddling inch-by-inch down this path on a foolish mission that might prove impossible. I may be an end table, but at least I am free. ...more
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Marisa Silver is a formidable writer. The world she weaves is masterfully laid out. Her sharp eye focuses on the brutal changes that women experience, not just emotionally but physically as well. Her beautiful, dreamy novel, Little Nothing, is a story of transformation and love. The book begins with the birth of a girl to […]
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The singular, unavoidable truth about adoption is that it requires the undoing of one family so that another one can come into being. ...more
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