These are four stories I loved reading.
Dismissal by Amina Gautier in TriQuarterly
“She waits for me by the curb outside the public elementary school while other kids gather to walk home together…” This small, poignant story brought back every moment of being six years old and always, always the last kid to be picked up from school.
The Church of God Van by Jessica Ripka in JMWW
“The Church of God van is burgundy with large white letters that read CHURCH OF GOD VAN along both sides…” This true story from Jessica’s life is new, and strange, and makes me really excited about the bit in the bio that says she’s working on a memoir.
NOVELS_IM_GOING_TO_WRITE.DOCX by Aatif Rashid in X-R-A-Y
“Space Battles (1999): Like Star Wars, but from the perspective of a ten-year-old kid. He has a sword and a laser gun, and he and his friend save the galaxy from a group of evil aliens…” Yeah, I thought a list story couldn’t make me cry either.
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah on Mariner Books
“‘Get to your sections!’ Angela screams. Ravenous humans howl. Our gate whines and rattles as they shake and pull, their grubby fingers like worms through the grating…” The titular story isn’t what you think. It isn’t anywhere near what you think. I’m a fast reader, and I usually zoom through books but I doled out the stories in Friday Black like they were the last drops of water on earth. I never wanted this book to end.
Join me next week, for four more fantastic stories.