In Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds, I Find the Women of My Family
For many people, they smell White Diamonds and, instantly, they melt. They remember their mother’s indulgent laugh; the arms that held them.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
National VelvetThe Last Time I Saw Paris
Leave him, that’s Mrs. Hoosen’s husband.
Mishka Hoosen is a South African writer. His debut novel, Call it a difficult night, was published by Deep South Books in 2015. His work has appeared on the Ploughshares Blog, and in Bare Fiction, Plume, Illuminations, Rolling Stone South Africa, New Coin, The Missing Slate, and others. His work mainly deals with questions of desire, the body, the senses, violence, and folklore.
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