Stories tagged mothers


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A mother tweezes her eyebrows in front of her six-year-old daughter. The little girl flinches every time a black hair is plucked.

Forty Versts to Petrograd

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"Off. Off with you all," he mutters.


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“You know what your problem is?” the mother asks—but it is not a question.

Coming Through the Rye

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As I stood in my mother’s closet with my niece Chloe, and read the letter aloud, I was shocked to discover I had shared with my mother details about my love life.


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You drop your suitcase on the ceramic floor and see the pajama set on your presumed side of the bed.

The Mother Kidnappers

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We kidnap mothers of all sorts: old mothers, single mothers, young mothers (rarely), but we never do it for ransom. As a society we are adamantly opposed to the use of violence. Our mission is to remove mothers from environments they are not appreciated in, whether by their…

Brad I am Wearing

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excerpt from The Heart Cafe: A Novel

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She wasn’t the woman he knew as his mother. She wasn’t anyone, just a body, and barely that. When had it happened? One crystal moment while she was sleeping? Or while a hospice nurse was lifting her from the toilet and into the chair in the shower?

No Such Happenstance

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Tabitha approached her daughter, eyes not managing to veer away in time to miss the tutu rising up the chunky ham legs.


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Life to her had come to resemble one of those mazes you find in a puzzle book, inscrutable except by those with exceptional IQs. Mary would run her pencil down one path in search of the passage that might penetrate to the exit, then another, but the paths

Hill in Autumn

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Fall wildfire follows with leaves burning like embers of red, yellow, auburn and brown. She loved the view. Lisa Hill requested main floor access for her doctor, medical staff, and finally hospice where it seemed an appropriate choice for comfort and ca

Windshield Diamonds

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“There are diamonds everywhere,” I said as you pulled me down the walking path at the zoo. “No, that’s just a shattered windshield,” you corrected me. This many years later, I’m still undecided.

Lost & Found

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“Oh, hi” you said, gathering yourself half-awake before dramatically wilting again in a puddle of mechanic crochet.

Happy Meal

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The girl loved the car for all the reasons her mother didn’t.

Deus Ex Mama

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Charlie is hollering about Rex again. Every dinosaur right now is Rex. Also Rex: every animal with thick-looking skin--elephants, crocodiles. (Yesterday, he pointed to an ant and told me, "Buggy Rex.")