I’m very grateful to have a new story out today in StoryQuarterly Issue 53:
As I’ve posted elsewhere, this is my favorite short fiction I have written, which seems strange when I revisit it and realize it contains somewhat graphic depictions of very unpleasant sex (a warning if for understandable reasons you would prefer to avoid that). However, I think ultimately the story is about a kind of positive reclamation that can happen when we are willing to look at ugly realities . . .Though as I write that, I would be far more interested to hear what *you* feel it is about, if you read it. I hope in its strange way it holds some worthwhile truth.

The image that figures heavily into the ending is the central panel of this triptych by Francis Bacon, “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion”:

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944 Francis Bacon 1909-1992 Presented by Eric Hall 1953 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N06171

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