Stonecoast Review Issue 5

Stonecoast Review | Issue No. 5 | Summer 2016

Fiction

Shady Places
by Kari Shemwell

Shady Places by Kari Shemwell / Artist: Sara Kirschner

Clara remembered one thing about 1949: Elwood Carter brought his brand-new wife to town that summer and she took to the August sun like a fish to water. That particular year the heat had become so oppressive that even the butterflies and wood bees disappeared into the grass, forced down out of flight by the weight of the air. (continue reading)

The Moses of Octoraro Creek by Breena Clarke / Artist: Sara Kirschner

“The first moment I lay my eyes on her I felt different. I understood that I had been foolish and careless and the child’s destiny had been changed. She looked like a little doe, was brown with big eyes. I listened to the Ancestors tell me what to do. I was compelled to rescue your mother. I brought her to Russell’s Knob. I took her into my … (continue reading)

Nothing to Lose
by Kim Suhr

Nothing to Lose by Kim Suhr / Artist: Sara Kirschner

The day after Ricardo, the mailman, carried away her application for disability, Marilou decided it was time to take control. Of course, she couldn’t give up chocolate altogether. But, if she made herself follow … (continue reading)

Break
by Tracy Gold

Break by Tracy Gold / Artist: Sara Kirschner

My arms are shaking. I’m an idiot who always tries to carry all the groceries in one go, and it’s not a short walk from the driveway to Grandma Jean’s front door. The wheelchair ramp up to her porch still jars me. I came back to take care of Dad, and Grandma’s house had mated with a nursing home. She didn’t touch the place for fifty years … (continue reading)

Community Service
by Briana McDonald

Community Service by Briana McDonald / Artist: Thomas Gillaspy

In the back of the night market, there were rows of seats where white men reclined and had their shoulders rubbed down by the Cambodian masseuses. I found it odd that they were lined up, right there at the back of the rows of bags, scarves, and shirts, the first break in a maze of tiny … (continue reading)