“She’d been able to handle Alan, to contain everything, but after seeing Erin in the hospital, he’d unraveled like never before.”
Scratch, scratch, scratch,
Mary Vensel White is the author of The Qualities of Wood (2014) and Bellflower (coming, early 2019). Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Lindenwood Review, The Wisconsin Review, Author Magazine, Fiction Advocate, and other places. She writes about books and writing at maryvenselwhite.com, is a contributing editor at LitChat.com, and edits at typeeighteenediting.com. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her four children.
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