“The Last King of Open Roads” on Amazon.com

“The Last King of Open Roads,” is now available on Amazon for 99 cents.

Buy or read an excerpt here.

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.

Here’s the jacket summary:

The yearly disastrous vacations usually came a few weeks after Mami threatened to go back to the island. The family knew that if she ever returned home to the Dominican Republic, she’d never come back. This time, Papi hopes that a ski trip will reverse the tide of Mami’s unhappiness and packs the family into his big rig to drive from balmy Florida to the snow-capped Rockies. One disappointment follows another as they confront racism, frostbite, and icy close-calls that only deepen the familial rift. The Last King of Open Roads tells the story of one immigrant family staving off hopelessness and trying to realize the American Dream while carving out a road for themselves in a strange land.

“The Last King of Open Roads” in Day One

Day One Current Issue!

Brenda Peynado

My story about a family that falls apart on a skiing vacation is in the current Day One, Amazon’s new weekly literary journal, along with awesome cover art and a poem by Linwood Rumney. There’s even playlists to listen to while you read and a surprise story! Thank you to Editor Carmen Johnson for all of her work!

After this week, it will be available as a Kindle Single. Stay tuned!

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“The Last King of Open Roads” in Day One

My story about a family that falls apart on a skiing vacation is in the current Day One, Amazon’s new weekly literary journal, along with a poem by Linwood Rumney and cover art of a scene from my story by Maryanna Hoggatt. There’s even playlists to listen to while you read and a surprise story. Thank you to Editor Carmen Johnson for all of her work.

Subscribe weekly or by the issue here: http://www.amazon.com/Day-One/dp/B00FDWVIHO

If you’d like to know more about Day One and Amazon’s foray into literary journals, read more here.

After this week, “The Last King of Open Roads” will be available as a Kindle Single. Stay tuned!

“We Were in the City” in The Threepenny Review

rusty shed

 

The Threepenny Review includes my story, “We Were in the City.”  Recently, LitRagger has reprinted it.  Read on for attics and basements, vindictive lemonade stands, and a couple back from The City.

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Read more in Threepenny:
http://www.threepennyreview.com/tocs/133_sp13.html

Buy the issue here:

http://www.abebooks.com/City-story-Brenda-Peynado-Threepenny-Review/9686662436/bd

“The Earth Drowns Us” in The Smokelong Quarterly

Hours after the shaking of the earth I was pinned under a church pew with the deep silence that comes when you are completely, absolutely alone in a dark without ears. Then the great, fallen dome of the church cracked open like an egg. The sound of a drill pierced the mute. I could see daylight, a man descending from a rope.

Qui dentro! I yelled. Eccomi!

 

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.smokelong.com/flash/brendapeynado38q.asp

Read the interview here:

http://www.smokelong.com/interview/brendapeynado38.asp

“Almendras” in Brevity 38

“This month, things are different. I am the team leader for the first time. We stay in the airport hotel, and I can still hear the roars of rising planes, the concussions of landings, even though, for the moment, I am still. I call home. My mother announces she has been diagnosed with cancer. That night, I dream of giant, hulking, metal-and-silicon mainframes plugged into the ocean sand like beached whales. The mainframes fizzle and crackle with sparks as we bucket water over their metal shells. We know we cannot save them, their invisible information, their electric memory, but we try.”

Read the rest of this essay here:

http://brevitymag.com/nonfiction/almendras/