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Ben Stroud

Ben Stroud is the author of the story collection Byzantium (Graywolf, 2013), which won the Story Prize Spotlight Award and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize in fiction. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope, One Story, Oxford American,and VICE, among other publications.


Illustration by Eleni Kalorkoti


Summer 2017 | Fiction

The ferry, tied still to the dock, pointed north, toward where the Bosporus opened into the Black Sea. The boat wasn’t headed there, but was bound for Istanbul, and it left in fifteen minutes, at three. 

“ ‘Nicely done, nicely done,’ ” Chris said, inspired by the sight of the Australians sitting a hundred feet away, not on the ferry yet but at one of the waterfront cafés.