A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Kim Church lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she divides her time between writing and law. Her debut novel, Byrd, won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.
I don’t remember feeling fear, only exhilaration and gratitude, like in my dreams. A feeling of ah. The sky was brilliant blue, cloudless. The balloon was yellow. We rose and rose until the pilot turned off the burner, and then it was quiet except for our voices, the creaking basket, and an occasional whoosh of air against nylon. From five thousand feet, everything on the ground seemed small, forgivable.