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Elizabeth Weld

Elizabeth Weld’s fiction has appeared in the Sewanee Review, the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Shenendoah, and the Carolina Quarterly. She is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



Spring 2018 | Fiction

Two years after her mother’s death, Jane’s boyfriend asked her to marry him, and nine months later, they moved across the country to start their new life. Jane was twenty-nine, ready to step away from Phoenix after a hard few years. Ryan had taken a job at a recording studio in Tennessee, and he pointed out that the public schools there were as bad as the ones in Arizona, so she could easily fail teaching fourth graders in either place. Her father was a kind, if distant, ichthyologist, and he seemed to think the move was maybe not ideal, but maybe not a bad idea. Jane was excited to start over. She’d been adopted when she was six, and she thought of six as the beginning of her real childhood. As they drove out of town, she decided twenty-nine was the beginning of her real adult life.