With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Charlotte Holmes’s stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Antioch Review, and New Letters. The title story of her collection Gifts and Other Stories (Confluence Press) will appear in the anthology After O’Connor: Contemporary Georgia Stories, forthcoming this fall from the University of Georgia Press. She teaches at Pennsylvania State University.
Last night I dreamed I was a Chinese man who worked in a nuclear power plant. The plant leaked radiation, and I spoke out about it and was denounced by the authorities. At home, my mother looked at me coldly and said that I was no longer her son.