Karen Brown, “Unction”

Lilly is young and pregnant and working at the bookbinding machine shop.

(from The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006)

This story had some really pretty and deep moments. The part about the notes and such didn’t really hold my attention, but the youthful confusion was spot-on.

I read this in the Nethers.

NOTE: The entry on Damon Galgut’s “The Follower” has been updated.

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