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Stories by Wendy Parker

My mother laughs at my life and says I should write it up as a soap opera, like one of those 20-pound paperbacks they make into three-part mini-series for television. My mother says it would brighten the dark winter nights of thousands of shut-ins. H… [more]
One night, when the full moon hung like a paper lantern in the cold air, Tom Bachelor sat at his kitchen window, working on a paper he would present to his superiors in the morning. He glanced out from his cottage at the end of the road, and he no… [more]
When her boss stopped speaking, Sandra became acutely aware of her weakness. She had always known it was there. It had never seemed to matter much before. But now, she felt it keenly. What could she do though? This was her biggest chance yet, and … [more]
Darby Clay understood that his world was built on pretence. Even in his most deluded moments, he realized, and accepted, that his whole life was built on pretense. So that day in the bedroom, when Cathy had asked him for something real, he had pul… [more]
Sherri Taylor sat in the hallway outside the interview room and wondered how she was going to get out of this pickle. She was definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock was Cassandra Jones, and her ability to wreak havoc with Sherr… [more]
Lucy stood in the closet and twitched her nose. There was an odd smell. Had someone had entered the room at last? She held her breath and placed her ear against the door. Yes, she could hear him. She was sure it was a him. No woman would enter her… [more]
"So what are we supposed to write about?" She looked across the tops of beer glasses at him with a pouting gunslinger face she was affecting this week. "How the hell should I know? Write what you know. Tell me about the culture of y… [more]
Other people's mental illnesses have a way of getting under your skin. At least, that's the way Molly felt about Geoff's bipolar alcoholism. It got under her skin to the extent that she thought she was becoming ill herself. At first, that worried her… [more]

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