With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Stephanie Koven’s writing has appeared in the Antioch Review, Epoch, and the Green Mountains Review. One of her short stories was listed in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2005 (Anchor) as a “recommended story.” She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
The man who’d owned the house before us had put in a fallout shelter because he’d thought the Russians were going to drop a nuclear bomb on us. It was in the field behind the house, and my mother had said I was too young to go down there, which didn’t bother me much, because it looked scary and the ladder was steep and you could barely see the bottom of it.