SOIL: Interview with Jamie Kornegay

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I worked on it for many years alongside other life projects, including raising a family and opening an independent bookstore in the Mississippi Delta. The novel evolved as my own thinking and attitudes evolved, and when I finally seized the moment and finished the book, it had become a story of a family man’s redemption. In the process, it had become more mature, more focused, and funnier.

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Issue 65 Featured Fiction by Chase Dearinger

WYATT’S PAYCHECK FROM THE PLANT was all we had with Mom up and gone again. He moved to the third shift just to keep us going. This was all fucking up the summer before my first year of high school something fierce. It meant Wyatt was home all day in full blown underwear-and-Coke mode, which was why me and Squints had to get money for weed by cleaning out his mom’s shed.

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THE UNAMERICANS: Interview with Molly Antopol

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There’s this line in “My Grandmother Tells Me a Story” in which the grandmother says something like, why don’t you go out and enjoy yourself rather than asking questions about things that have nothing to do with you? These horrible things happened before you were born. And I feel like that was a line that, as soon as I wrote it, I was like, oh, this is what this book is really about. In a lot of ways, it’s my anxiety about why I’m so obsessed with these really dark moments of the past and why I’m so interested in talking to the older generations of my family about things they might not want to look at or might not want to talk about.

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