Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Kelly Luce lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is the author of the story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the novel Pull Me Under, both set in Japan. She was a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and edits essays for Electric Literature. She once spent a week in a Japanese women’s prison for a crime she didn’t commit.
I was twenty-six, working full time at the Bagelry in suburban Chicago, avoiding the future. The future did not seem like anything you could count on. Even in suburban Chicago, where Public Works employees smiled while scraping up roadkill, people were unhappy, desperate to convince themselves of something good. Desperate.