Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy

To Face a Family: My Brother’s Pain, My Uncles’ Vote, and the Things That Tear Us Apart

That my brother and I were not white like the rest of my family didn’t seem to matter much. And then it did.

Little Dorrit, Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, The Chimes

Outside, it was New England. In school, we rolled the sides of crayons over thin paper layered onto fall leaves to catch the shape of their veins. My brother came home with one new face after another.

Comment ça va

All the Changs and Dongs and Vishnusyour

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Happy Days

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Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful. She was named a 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree and received the Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship in 2012. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Narrative, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker's Sporting Scene blog, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Guardian, Bookforum, The Literarian, Grantland, VQR, The San Francisco Chronicle, and LitHub. She teaches at the City College of New York.

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