I’m thinking how I shouldn’t have eaten the first slice. I hate pizza in the summer, but she talked me into it. When I don’t eat in the morning, my stomach’s flat as the beach — a valley with hip bones for mountains — but now it’ll be a round little hill and I won’t be able to see past it to my toes.
— A Perfect Day at Riis Park, Story # 2 in Safe Places
Self picked up this collection almost a year ago. Where does the time go? She had Kerry sign the book for her at AWP Philadelphia. And now it’s almost time for AWP Seattle. Self would like to finish it before she gets on the plane for Seattle. She doesn’t think that will be a problem, because the voice in these stories is just . . . WOW.