Fiction | May 16, 2022

Large Hairless Mammals 

Rebecca Saltzman 

Daphne and Thiago move to Florida in the radiant swell of August, when she is still bleeding. The birth, four weeks ago, did not go well. She shoved the resident physician to the floor, and that wasn’t even the worst of it. Now the baby is here. Dough punched with eyes. She unbuckles him from the car seat and reassures herself: He’ll get cuter. 

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