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Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing (FSG, 2014), winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. Her second novel, The Answers, from which “Personal Day” is adapted, is forthcoming from FSG in June.


Illustration by Jon Krause

Personal Day

Spring 2017 | Fiction

I woke on my personal day feeling impersonal. I’d slept long and late, so much I barely recognized the time of day in my bedroom, dust made obvious in the hard light, no job or appointment or interview to rush toward....