Excerpt from In My Sister’s Country

IN MY SISTER’S COUNTRY, the refrigerator is filled with half-empty jars of chocolate fudge and questionable eggs; the bathtub overflows because she falls asleep while the water rises to her nostrils; bottles of dark liquor move from cabinet to cabinet around the apartment as if they’re trying to run from someone; cartons of cigarettes are tucked between her hatboxes so I can steal my smokes without bothering her; three televisions are always on with the day’s news, on different stations; there are deadbolts inside her bedroom door so no one can get inside while she’s in there, unless they climb three flights of brick wall, up the side of the building, like the spiders that look for a warm supper in her apartment.

[Recommended for those 18 yrs and older]

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