Contemporary Literature

Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

By Pat Schmatz

Travis is lacking his outdated domestic within the nation, and he's lacking his previous hound, Rosco. Now there's simply the cramped position he stocks along with his well-meaning yet alcoholic grandpa, a brand new college, and the feared regimen of passing whilst he's known as directly to learn out loud. yet that's prior to Travis meets Mr. McQueen, who doesn't take "pass" for an answer-a infrequent instructor whose savvy patience has Travis slowly unlocking a ebook at the flora and fauna. And it's ahead of Travis is spotted by way of Velveeta, a lady whose wry banter and colourful scarves belie a few tough secrets and techniques of her own.

With sympathy, humor, and disarming honesty, Pat Schmatz brings to existence a forged of completely plausible characters-and captures the moments of belief and connection that make the entire distinction.

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It was already hot and I had missed half the day. My balcony was now bare and I had no cover from the people walking back and forth. Sweeping, 56 / How to Get Into tHe twIn Palms walking, dogs shitting. I stared out toward The Calcutta. There were red and blue cups littering the front yard. There were Christmas lights blinking on and off on the top railing. I shook my head and sat down. I stared down to my cigarette-hiding place and saw that they were gone too. ” My neighbor with the homemade haircut was leaning into my balcony from his mother’s balcony.

That was the kind of girl he wanted me to be. Karolina WaclaWiaK / 55 I WOKE UP LATE. I DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO go anyway. My head hurt and I had forgotten to wash my face. My eyes hurt from the caked on makeup and my skin felt slick. I went to the bathroom and took a look at myself. I thanked God that I hadn’t let Lev in. I wiped the soot caked around my eye and looked at my nails. Cracked polish, chipped like skylines and worn down to nubs. They hurt and were inflamed. I poured hydrogen peroxide over each finger.

A kabanos. I didn’t care who saw me. The sausage was dry because I had left it unwrapped in the refrigerator and it tasted like jerky. I had a jar of horseradish next to me and I would dip the sausage into the jar and pull out a clump at the tip and eat it. That mixed with the cigarette I was furiously inhaling made my breath hot and sour. I leaned back in my chair and heard a creak and snap. The crack at the bottom of the chair was getting worse and I didn’t care. I snuffed out the Misty and started another one.

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