Michael Martone, "The War That Never Ends"

He follows the tree-cutters, selling ice cream to the kids who gather to watch.

(from Double-Wide)

Martone is not messing around. Every word is well, chosen, every sentence is tight, every story is short. I’m not sure if I was left wanting more. I know a lot of gaps weren’t filled in, but in the hands of a writer like this, I feel like the story ended as it should.

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