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The Cry Room

December 26, 2018

by SHARON BARRETT Of the people who knew her, few would have said of Cathy Richards that she was spirited. At twenty-two, she was married with three children and another on the way; she appeared to be firmly on the … Continued

As the Turtles Do

December 17, 2018

by KEN DERRY To hear author Ken Derry reading this piece, check out the latest episode (Episode 3: Real/Fantastical—Fantastical/Real) of our podcast, CQ Speaks. — When Ms. Martin first heard the discharge and shattered glass, she did not pause to consider … Continued

Scribe: A Review

December 6, 2018

by KATHARINE COLDIRON   Alyson Hagy, Scribe (Graywolf Press, October 2018), pp. 176 It’s unclear where or when we are at the start of Scribe, a slim novel that maps an extraordinary range of human cruelty. The awful, scraping life led … Continued

The Superman Pitch

November 25, 2018

by MATT WHELIHAN Ed had sat through two days’ worth of speakers and breakout sessions at the hotel. He’d eaten the dry chicken and butter-slicked green beans served in tinfoil trays. He’d slept in the hotel bed with its pillows … Continued

Your Art Will Save Your Life: A Review

October 30, 2018

by OLIVIA NEAL   Beth Pickens, Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press, April 2018), pp. 136 Not everyone will like this book because not everyone needs this book. In Your Art Will Save Your Life, Beth Pickens speaks to … Continued

Ready for Glory

October 21, 2018

by NORA BONNER No more breath for him now: lungs deflated, spirit departed. I had a week left in seventh grade. Evening after evening I walked four doors down to check for Greg’s television in the side room, and evening … Continued

The Science of Lost Futures: A Review

October 9, 2018

by ANI GOVJIAN Ryan Habermeyer, The Science of Lost Futures (BOA Editions, May 2018), pp. 216 Ryan Habermeyer makes beautiful promises of inventive tales drenched in the bizarre and unsettling. Each tale in his new collection, The Science of Lost Futures, … Continued