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I had seen a news piece about a woman who ran from the police, with her kids in her minivan, and caused a tragic accident. People were saying they couldn’t imagine what would make a woman do a thing like that, but I knew what would. Desperation. As I wrote this, my throat was tight with apprehension, even though I knew what was going to happen, knew this woman was not going to beat her circumstances. I felt grief for her.
Vic Sizemore is the author of the short story collection I Love You I’m Leaving and the essay collection Goodbye, My Tribe. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Story Quarterly, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth and many other literary journals. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award and has been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best of the Net, and several Pushcart Prizes. Sizemore lives and writes in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Literary Fiction-Short Stories