Marian Crotty | The Sun Magazine

Marian Crotty

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Marian Crotty is the author of two short-story collections, including Near Strangers, which is forthcoming in October. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her wife and son. You can follow her on X: @mgcrotty.

— From June 2024
Fiction

Compare and Contrast

I just read The Diary of Anne Frank, about a girl who hid from the Nazis. There are many similarities but also differences between us: When she started the diary, she was thirteen, and I will be thirteen in August. We are both girls, and, like her, I have many secrets and depressed emotions. I never hated my mom the way Anne hated hers, but last spring I came close.

June 2024
Fiction

Happiness

She liked classic rock and country, while I favored singer-songwriters with whispery voices and acoustic guitars. She teased me that this was typical of kids whose older parents had made them listen to Bob Dylan instead of Michael Jackson. In fact, my parents had usually listened to silence, but I liked her theory anyway, because it suggested that my personality was not my fault.

July 2021
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