Hallgrímur Helgason, "America"

Aldabjörg doesn’t want to go to America with her dimwit brothers. How many children must she promise to bear in order to stay in Iceland?

(from McSweeney‘s Number 15)

A strange, short story. Reads almost like a scene from Northern Exposure, the way real live people are portrayed as absurd, one-dimensional almost-people, just for the purposes of being weird or living out a joke. But you believe it a little because you see where they’re coming from. Good fun.

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