Fiction. Short Stories. WE KNOW THIS WILL ALL DISAPPEAR is a collection of short stories and flash pieces that explore the chaotic and exhilarating inner lives of women and grief. The sense of loss they navigate does not always stem from the death of a loved one, but rather the loss of something dear, something familiar. What do we put in that empty place when something is gone? These stories create a beautiful and devastating atmosphere for the reader to follow characters as they play an emotional hide-and-seek. Looking for answers as well as questions in dark surprising places. Replacing a lost thing, you can make your world more chaotic and claustrophobic—adopt a mannequin with your friends, sing the entire karaoke catalog, sell your story to a momager—or you can shed things around you to make more room for the grief. You can rent a secret room, you can grow your baby outside the womb, you can sleep in your childhood bedroom under your Bruins posters. These are the ways these characters survive.
Melissa Ragsly is a writer living in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best Small Fictions, Iowa Review, Hobart, and other journals.
Author City: PITTSBURGH, PA USA