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Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is a Miami-born Cuban writer. Her debut story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, won the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the 2010 John Gardner Book Award, and the 2010 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. The title story won a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Epoch, and Southern Review.

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What Some Other Guys Can Call The Byron Story: Miami, 1996

Summer 2011 | Fiction

For twenty dollars, this dude named Byron promised to beat the crap out of you. That’s pretty much what the flyer said, and the flyer was all over the neighborhood. The first one we noticed was up high on the half-dead palm tree in front of that kid Ricky’s house—this was a few years back, before the city widened the streets and got rid of the palm trees altogether—and after that, for at least the next three days, we saw those flyers everywhere, on every pole and tree for blocks, all the way to the strip mall and back.