ByJennifer Pashley

Jennifer Pashley is the author of two story collections, States (Lewis Clark 2007) and The Conjurer (Standing Stone 2013). She works as a waitress, a bartender, and a kitchen expediter at a small bistro in Upstate New York, and is a hardcore dog cuddler. Her debut novel, The Scamp, will be released from Tin House Books in August.

  1. Everything was a secret. Everything important still is. One of us craves truth, loud and certain. One of us, silence. The others, only the hum of their own worlds, turning for themselves alone.

    Our secrets included everything: my father’s first marriage to a woman so critically ill she spent much of her life in a sanitarium; my mother’s first marriage, which included my oldest brother, whom I did not meet at all