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  • October 21, 2016

    “Driving North,” by Matthew Lansburgh

    Three years ago, when his mother announced that she was flying to Moscow to adopt a seven-year-old girl, Stewart did his best not to react. His mother had always been the kind of person who made threats, who cajoled and coerced, until she got her way. For years, she’d been threatening to adopt one of the children she sponsored in Mexico and Guatemala and Romania, to bring a child home to live wi...

  • October 6, 2016

    “We Are Always Us: The Boundaries of Elena Ferrante,” by Natalie Bakopoulos

    The friendship is both tender and antagonistic, deeply intimate and full of spite, and Elena reflects on the difficulty of telling her own story without Lila in it. There is Lila’s story and there is Elena’s story, but Elena realizes the two are inextricable....

  • September 23, 2016

    “Flickerdot,” by Monica McFawn

    The plan was to torch the rose patch. We could, at this point, see no other way. Flickerdot, our beloved hybrid, was a complete bust. But one couldn’t blame us for being fooled: the first and second generations were so thick with blooms that Jamie could put a book — an Oxford dictionary, no less — on the plant and the dense flowers would hold it up....

  • September 9, 2016

    Meet Our Contributors, MQR 55:3

    Meet the poets, essayists, and fiction writers of MQR 55:3. ...