For this issue, we saw unexpected, beautiful threads organically emerging: family and the tensions within them, watching and being watched, and self-discovery and awareness. Each of our four stories has a unique style and way of tackling its themes. “Grace” opens with a young girl witnessing a man jump from a bridge, an event which acts as an elegant foil for a heavy argument between her parents. “Townhouse” is almost like a song as it unfolds the tale of two couples living in matching townhouses. The child in “Tiny Roundhead” deals with the physical pain of an extreme twitch while dark details of adult life settle around her. And “A Valley Famous for Struggle and Small Reward” is a hushed look at everyday life in a blue-collar steel town.
Additionally, we have an interview with the talented NoViolet Bulawayo, who talks about truth in fiction and molding the English language.
These stories offer fresh, well-crafted narratives. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!