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Birthday, From What the Videographer Missed

“Birthday,” by Nancy Reisman, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. For a year after her room emptied and I left town, I was still, nonetheless, there with her. For a year it was night and she was afraid and we lay on the bed

Chapman’s Heart

“Chapman’s Heart,” by Michael Byers, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. It was a new program, long-argued over, newly implemented. Before a president, any president, could launch the weapons that would kill a billion humans, he, or she, would have to murder Chapman and

Searching for Elijah

“Searching for Elijah,” by Jai Chakrabarti, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Malini and her son were the last to arrive at the beach house in Malibu. Mrs. Cohen greeted them at the door, engulfing Malini in her silk décolleté caftan, and hurried them

Tuta, Tuta

“Tuta, Tuta,” by Onyinye Ihezukwu, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Fanta, who is looking to buy a house, remembers something when she walks into this strange kitchen with yellow walls, low ceilings, double louver windows, and a sink deep enough to soak two

Transference

“Transference,” by Kate Osana Simonian, appeared in the Fall 2018 – Caregiving Issue of MQR. Rather than ferry the juice bottles in pairs from the car to the house, Eve saw the verandah in spitting distance and gathered them up. She felt immediate regret. Her