Katie Jo knew that Ima was not her actual mother because she didn’t hurt as much or soothe as much, but she was better than nothing because nothing was unbearable.
Once, a long time ago, when the earth was old but Serbs were still young, men and women and everyone in between thought that water was God and they prayed to it fervently.
It was not just the weight of the burdens they were carrying, but the heavier burden of a world in chaos.
I remember the first thing Vienna said to me, after she ran up the driveway to our cabin, was “The water is full of poison.” When I said “What?” she stepped back, and scraped her eyes over me, instead of answering, a clear appraisal. “You
One day, Kyoko had the idea of showing her vegetable garden reflected in a hand mirror to her husband upstairs. For her husband, confined to bed, this alone would open out a new life before him. One could never say that it was simply “this,”