“We Were in the City” in LitRagger

Litragger is featuring my story, “We Were in the City,” originally published in The Threepenny Review. Thanks to Adam Lefton for featuring it, and to Wendy Lesser for first including it. Read on for attics and basements, vindictive lemonade stands, and a couple back from The City.


Also, you can download LitRagger’s really neat app which hosts ebook versions of your favorite literary magazines.

“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.


Triquarterly has been the home of some of my favorite work, so I thought I’d link to some of it here.  It’s amazing that this topnotch journal moved online for free.

I first got to know this wonderful writer through Triquarterly with her heartbreaking scifi story in which the earth’s atoms start fusing: A Bad Year for Apples, by CJ Hauser.  Then I met her in person and she blushed madly while I told her how much I liked her work.

Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni’s Shadow Work.  I love everything I’ve ever read by her.  Her stories are heartbreaking, centered around loss, and they have such depth of poetry to their lines.

Ben Ehnrenreich, The Dream within a Dream.  Strangely affecting surreal story about dreams a couple has together, then separately.

I just read these two poems by Marty McConnell in TriQuarterly that blew me away with their wonderful, funny, heartbreaking commentary on modern life and the emotions we try to communicate to others.  She has a great reading voice, too!  Here and HERE.