Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Cara Blue Adams’s writing has appeared in Willow Springs and won the Kenyon Review 2008 Short Fiction Prize. She says, “My father wanted my first name to be Blue, but cooler heads prevailed.” She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is the managing editor of the Southern Review.
Then boom, boom, boom, the stores fell like dominoes. Without the Gas-n-Go to anchor the town, and with the grocery store and the bank gone, the rest couldn’t hold. The pharmacy shut one day and never reopened. Armored trucks were seen emptying it.