By Tracy O'Neill

Tracy O'Neill is the author of the novel The Hopeful. In 2012, she was awarded the Emerging Writers Fellowship by the Center for Fiction, and she has published fiction in Granta, Guernica, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and The Literarian. Her nonfiction has appeared in Grantland,,, The Rumpus, The Millions,, The L Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

  1. I remember as a kid hurtling onto my parents’ bed to watch Sweet Dreams, the Patsy Cline biopic. I wasn’t yet ten, but I knew the music in my veins. On sleepy afternoons, those were the songs that stirred my mother to romance the vacuum cleaner as she swayed through the living room with half-closed eyes, and those were the songs which first conveyed to me the purchase of longing over logic because when you…