ByElizabeth Wade

Elizabeth Wade holds degrees from Davidson College and the University of Alabama. She divides her time between Virginia (where she teaches literature and writing classes at the University of Mary Washington) and New York (where she works in curriculum development). Her work has appeared in such journals as Kenyon Review Online, AGNI, The Oxford American, and others.

  1. On a Saturday morning in September, 2010, my younger brother Austin took out a handgun I hadn't known he owned, told his wife to call the police, and gave her a special password with which to identify him. "They're coming for me," he said, "but I'll keep you safe." At least, that's the story his wife told us at the time. From there, details get a bit hazy, but the facts are these: my brother…