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Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Texas Observer, and many other publications. A frequent commentator on class issues in the US, she recently was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. “The Weight of a Nickel” is adapted from Smarsh’s first book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (Scribner, 2018). She lives in Kansas. 


Blood Brother

August 31, 2017 | Articles

  Your brother has a hole on the inside of each arm that never quite closes. A blood tap, really, like an oil well for drilling. He is a tall, strong man in his early thirties—an ideal source for plasma. A woman calls his name. She takes his [...]