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Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels The Answers (FSG, 2017) and Nobody Is Ever Missing (FSG Originals, 2014). Her debut story collection, Certain American States (FSG, 2018), is forthcoming. She is the winner of a Whiting Award and has been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

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Illustration by Anders Nilsen

Learning [private]

Summer 2018 | Fiction

It’s hard to know which of us began to wear our shoes in the apartment, but one of us did—one of us, then the other. First it was just in the kitchen, but soon there were tracks in the bedroom, bathroom, living room, everywhere. Old receipts and leaves crept in. The floor grew filthy. We got out-of-season colds. Ellen let clumps of her hair tumbleweed around, clogging the carpet, the drains, and I was no longer careful with the dishes, dropping plates and glasses so often we learned not to flinch at the smash, and though we still recycled, we did so poorly, never rinsing, never sorting, curbing them on the wrong night. We both knew the baking soda had been in the freezer a very long time, many years, a lifetime, but neither of us made a move to dispose of or replace it.


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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....