Family is a complicated word. And, I confess, the most conflicted topic I can conceive. So, when the stories came together this time and coalesced into an issue about family, I wasn’t surprised. The other editors confirmed what I saw—this is one of the most honest collections of stories we’ve ever had.
Whether repugnant, tragic, or just plain quirky, these characters speak openly of what family means. Generally, it has little to do with unconditional love. Sometimes, they express kindness in the way it’s meant; sometimes, they show the worst side of life. Often, these protagonists are laugh-out-loud funny, even when dark.
Through these stories, we are pushed to look beyond birthright to see not only what our parents made us, but also that we are so much more. If we’re lucky, we develop the wisdom to expand our definition of family to include friends and partners—siblings beyond blood, siblings of mutual experience and understanding.
Special Thanks to the following contributors:
Doris Thomas Browder
Julie Ann Cook
Holly Raychelle Hughes
Kathryn Etters Lovatt
Elizabeth B. Watson
and Featured Photographer, Lu G. Collazo
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Beth Cagle Burt
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