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Belinda’s Rings by Corinna Chong

 

“Squid’s got three mothers who can’t spank him.”

The story opens in a supermarket with Mum (Belinda) and Squid (Sebastian) and Grace (our narrator) shopping on the only occasion on which Mum tried spanking Squid. She had let him out of the shopping cart and he’d begun punching the cereal boxes on the bottom […]

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

NOTE: This story, by its very nature, contains a spoiler early on and so you cannot read past the first three short initial paragraphs below without learning of this spoiler. If you have read at least the early part of the book you will be fine but if, as some prefer, you would rather not […]

Caught by Lisa Moore

“He lay there, flat on his back, chest hammering, looking at the stars.  It was as far as he had been from the Springhill penitentiary since the doors of that institution admitted him four years before.  It was not far enough.

He’d heaved himself off the ground and started running.

This was Nova Scotia and […]

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Note from Wikipedia: A minister without portfolio is either a government minister with no specific responsibilities or a minister who does not head a particular ministry. The sinecure is particularly common in countries ruled by coalition governments and a cabinet with decision making authority wherein a minister without portfolio, while he or she may not head any particular office or ministry, does have the right to […]

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

“Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. It is also observed in other areas with regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude. ” (All items in quotation marks […]