Chances are you’ve barely been able to leave the house for the last month without hearing mention of blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians or Netflix sensation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Besides both featuring Asian-American protagonists and Asian casts, both books find themselves back on the best-sellers lists.Read More
Sometimes she marvels at how often this body fails her.
When Tess returns home for the holidays, she finds her stepbrother Ian also there. Ian abused Tess when they were younger, but when Tess told her mother, she wouldn't believe that her perfect stepson would do such a thing. Now, Tess must try to hold herself together again as every turn reminds her of the trauma of her childhood.Read More
I could never bring myself to jump from the swings. It was something about having the ground rushing away, the sky lurching towards me. I chickened out every time. I would lean forward in my seat and wait for the swing to make a full arc, but I couldn’t let go, and the world would pull me back.Read More
Not for the first time today, I wonder what Dad would’ve thought of the four of us being here, receiving holiday pay to paw at his possessions. Maybe I should go out into the rain now after all and uproot the windmill. Maybe then I will take it into the kitchen, wave it high, and grandly announce this is all I am taking home with me.Read More
Of my various neuroses, this one in particular hit hardest when I was around Nancy, or at the very least, people like her. People who held their lives in a precarious balance between death and debauchery.Read More
The last time I sat down at this antique dinner table I was making seven dollars an hour, having quit community college after one semester to work at the car wash. Allison was still a senior in high school, and her parents could never quite seem to hide their disapproval.Read More
Dad said that I’d scared her off. That I never should have bought an engagement ring and a house at the same time. It’s a lot to put on a bartender, he thought, and we should have rented first—just to see how things went.
I asked if he meant rent the ring or a house. He only grumbled at that.Read More