Daphne Kalotay, "A Brand New You"

Annie shacks up with her ex.

(from Calamity and Other Stories)

This story of two divorced people meeting up as more mature improvements on their former selves is sometimes very casual about the meaning of its details and asides. Her baggage-free health plan, his new dignified wrinkles. Other times, it’s a bit over, like when the two recite poetry to each other (and us). Overall, a fun and sharp story. Maybe even hopeful.
I’ve read one other story by Kalotay, during the early days of I Read A Short Story Today, on December 30. Here‘s that write-up.

Adventures in Stereo, “You Hurt Me More Than You Know”

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