In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Austin Bunn is a native of New Jersey who now lives in the “horse country, bourbon country, country country” of Louisville, Kentucky. He is the Axton Fellow in Fiction at the University of Louisville and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and One Story.
My mother lives on the tenth floor of a high-rise that overlooks New York Harbor from a New Jersey bluff. She leaves only to shop, to return half of what she has bought, and to eat lunch at the Quick Check. She has not been hiking or on lichen or lichen-adjacent since before I knew she had a vagina. Her adventures are happy hours in the penthouse bar, where she counts the freighters and container ships with Al, a retired sea captain.