New tales from the Midwest provides a suite of news that commemorate an American quarter too frequently neglected in discussions approximately unique neighborhood literature. The editors solicited nominations from greater than three hundred magazines, literary journals, and small presses and narrowed the choice to 19 authors. The tales, written through Midwestern writers or targeting the Midwest, display that the standard of fiction from and in regards to the middle of the rustic competitors that of the other area. visitor editor John McNally introduces the anthology, which positive aspects brief fiction through Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.
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A fly buzzed around her head, and she smelled the strangely green smell of the outfield grass. She pounded her fist into the baseball glove, a spare that Randall had found somewhere in the basement. Freddie was up. He was practice-swinging the bat that Estelle had bought for him that morning. His swings were slow, and even without a ball anywhere near them, they seemed inaccurate, approximate. Stepping up to the plate, Freddie took one hand off the bat to shade his eyes against the sun. When he saw his grandmother, he waved.
Days later, when he came home, he stood in the living room and held his hands at his sides while I hugged him. He pressed the tip of his finger on the edge of my eye socket, right where the bruise started, and said this would never happen again. It took me a second to understand that he meant he was leaving me, not that we weren’t going to hit each other anymore. I agreed it was probably a good idea for us to quit, that eight years of drinking, drugs, fighting, making up, and doing it all over again was enough.
She leans her head far back as if to examine something on the ceiling. ” Across the restaurant, I see Jimmy order himself another drink. When I look back at Nancy, she is shaking her head.