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Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh is a journalist who covers socioeconomic class. She has reported on politics and public policy for the Guardian, NewYorker.com, Harpers.org, and others. Her book on the American working poor and her upbringing in rural Kansas is forthcoming from Scribner in 2018. She lives in Kansas. This essay is from the forthcoming anthology Tales of Two Americas, ed. John Freeman (Penguin, 2017).

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Blood Brother

August 31, 2017 | Articles

  Your brother has a hole on the inside of each arm that never quite closes. A blood tap, really, like an oil well for drilling. He is a tall, strong man in his early thirties—an ideal source for plasma. A woman calls his name. She takes his [...]