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Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, AGNI, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature Recommended Reading, the New Republic, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl, is forthcoming (Hachette, 2019). 


Illustration by Lauren Nassef

Fat Swim

Spring 2018 | Fiction

Alice spots the fat women through the second-story kitchen window. It’s Wednesday, so Dad is out at his feelings meeting. She has just turned eight and has been dragging her drumsticks over different household surfaces to see what sounds they make. The sink has been working well—a satisfying ting, ting, ting. Also the panes of window glass—higher, though, and more muffled. The kitten meows on the ledge. Shush shush, Alice tells him, then bops him lightly on the head with a stick.