So says the great Flannery O’Connor. Unless you come from a town with a stubborn streak. Back in my hometown for St. Peter’s Fiesta, a mix of religion, fried dough, drunken violence, and traditional maritime oar sports, I discovered that some strange and wonderful things from my childhood still go on. My cousin asked me to write something about it for his hilarious Gloucester Clam.
Looking for some summer reading? The Summer/Fall 2014 Issue of Free State Review is available for pre-order now, and will fit neatly into your beach bag. My story “Tell Me You’re All Right” follows a teenage girl desperate to do something (anything!) bad while babysitting, and the rest of the work is sure to be good in this lively new journal out of Annapolis, MD.