‘It’s the hour of afterglow, the day’s demise, the sky bleeding to death.’
‘The permanence of his absence is a noise she hears when she listens to how quiet.’
‘Encountering a real animal – not just its name – would have set Mumei’s heart on fire.’ Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani.
‘The Minutes’ by Nell Stevens is shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.
‘Haste did not grip the animal. He paced before me languidly, tracing small circles; then, in a single pounce he reached the fireplace.’
‘The time of the Perseids never varied. That was why Dante’s mother had taught him the stars.’
‘I looked back and there was something wrong about his hand – how it cupped her bottom, how it probed.’
‘They’re back on I-95, northbound this time, the city disappearing behind them, the sun setting like a piece of pink candy over the Everglades.’
‘Papa suddenly appears inside the door and sits down after three months of no-show-face and my happiness just vamoose.’
‘When we have liberated ourselves, we will have to ask ourselves who we are.’
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