Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Annie Weatherwax was the 2009 winner of the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize, and her stories have appeared in the Southern Review, Other Voices, and Quarterly West. She is a painter and sculptor who has sculpted characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics, and Pixar. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
We lived in a small yellow three-bedroom ranch on a dead-end street with no circle to turn around in: the street just ended. I had my own room, and my younger sister, Jody, had hers. There were big bay windows in front and a deck off the back, and my father built the house himself.