Cover Photo: Thanksgiving by Marlene Olin


Family Recipes

You know it's almost Thanksgiving when I open my desk drawer and blow the dust off my recipe file. My kids are grown, it's just Michael and me, and who needs to cook for two.But this year, like every year, the whole extended family will congregate in my home, a gaggle of sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Like many families, our religious convictions are divided.Some go to mass. Others pray at shul.But Thanksgiving is our glue, the common link that binds us together.

Marlene Olin was born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Eclectica, The American Literary Review, and Arts and Letters. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of The Net, Best Small Fictions, and for inclusion in Best American Short Stories. She is the winner of the 2015 Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Award and the 2018 So To Speak Fiction Prize. Her twitter handle is @writestuffmiami.