Fiction from The Center for Fiction
Monkey Brains | Elysha Chang
"'Look, this is how a heart works. The right atrium receives blood from the legs and arms and pours it into the right ventricle. The right ventricle....'"
I Don't Know, Stop Asking Me Math Questions | James Warner
"“Did you feel that?” my daughter asked. The table at which we sat playing chess was shaking as if covered with cell phones set to vibrate..."
She's Dying, He Said | Marge Piercy
"I was what was then called a tomboy until halfway through my seventh year. I had always played with neighboring boys. I had little interest in school—being just average and paying little attention. Then I caught the German measles...."
In the first of our series of essays on "Why Fiction Matters," Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley reflects on her own novels, classic literature, and the role of empathy in our reading lives.
These essays were commissioned by The Center as part of our Fiction Futures project intended to engage readers and writers in a discussion of the importance of fiction in contemporary life and celebrate The Center's impending move to Brooklyn.
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Canis Major | Geneviève Mathis
published in Gone Lawn
From our first group of NYC Emerging Writer Fellows comes this story from issue 19 of Gone Lawn. Enjoy!