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Mika Tanner

Mika Tanner is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has had fiction published in Glimmer Train and StoryQuarterly. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a novel.



Summer 2004 | Fiction

"I am not smart, I am not pretty." This is what Kiyoshi Toyoda's sister had written before leaping from the top of their twelve-story apartment building some time before dawn, leaving her body to be discovered by an old man on his early morning walk. Kiyoshi woke to the sudden commotion of wails and pounding feet, the heavy clang of their apartment door opening and slamming shut. They did not find the note until several hours later; Mai had propped it up on her desk, next to a box of tissues. She had been fifteen years old.