Preparations were already underway for their daughter Nell’s third birthday which Hannah seemed eager to fete with the pomp of a royal ball. Laird understood such events were important to his wife. They were the necessary recompense for all the drudgery and isolation of caring for a baby, a celebration of the experience’s trials and wonders. Seduced by the elaborate invitations, friends and relatives would soon be converging on the house as if the earth’s magnetic fields had shifted to draw them there.
Though the bash was still a few weeks off, Laird was going at their considerable lawn with a kind of urgency, just thinking about the errands he still needed to run. A balky shelf kept threatening to slip a hinge and fall on the sofa and the stroller had lost a wheel. The house needed to be spruced up in a myriad of ways and the gladiolas just inside the picket fence looked ready to give up the ghost in the recent heat wave. With Hannah refereeing the kids inside, she called out over the rumble of the mower, “great job honey but don’t forget that chipped paint on the gate and somehow we’ve got to organize the garage. It looks like a bomb went off.”
December 20, 2017
The editing and proofreading and thousand other things that go into putting a book together are thankfully finished and my story collection Home and Castle is at last coming out in early January. (see www.snakenationpress.org for the Editor’s statement and further details). Most of the stories in it were originally published in literary journals such (…read more)
THOMAS BENZ graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He recently won the 2017 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for a short story collection called “Home and Castle.” The book is to be published by Snake Nation Press in the fall. In the last several years, he has had fifteen stories (…read more)