“I didn’t have to read the papers to know who he was.”
Spoon River AnthologyCannery Row
Judy Chicurel is the author of If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go (2014, G.P. Putnam's Sons). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Lit Hub and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She is currently working on her next novel.
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He always smelled like fabric softener exhaust from the laundromat down our block: like blue bottles of Downy and Saturday nights, when Mami would blow dry my hair straight with dollops of Dippity-Doo.