Unleaving

Visit Granta now to check out Justin Mundhenk’s “Unleaving.” In it, “a father and daughter go deer hunting.”

I’ve said before how much I love this one, so I won’t repeat too much.

From “Unleaving”: “It was nearly dark outside. A rim of light hung above the hills in the distance, and the air smelled like a rest area bathroom. Her father said the smell came from the paper mill. Margaret started down the sidewalk and couldn’t remember where the car was parked. Everything seemed to have changed with the dark. Cars full of strange figures passed with their headlights on. A dog barked somewhere. She could hear someone walking towards her from the alley. Then a man appeared. He was too tall with sharp shoulders like the corners of a box and arms, which seemed to hang by a thread. They dangled. The man looked at her, raised an arm and saluted.”

Congrats, Justin!

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