It’s the season for my more difficult stories to find homes! In July, Open Every Womb landed at Atticus Review; next month, a story that made about eight outings over as many years (some publishers respond very slowly …) will come out; and last weekend, Summer Rotation went up at NONTRUE. This story went out twelve times over eight years before finding its place, but I believe that eventually every story finds its place.
“Summer Rotation” takes place in the context of the “Army brat” world. I’ve only found a few examples of military dependents in fiction: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Sweet Talk by Stephanie Vaughn, You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, and Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg. It’s an interesting world–a strange balance of security and danger; a society more stratified than any other in American culture, yet also deeply meritocratic; a culture where ready-made patterns are filled and re-filled every season as families come and go according to the Army’s whims.
This story is a love story, a coming-of-age story, and a story about damage, inflicted by others and by ourselves. Even though it involves children, it’s very much an adult story. I hope you like it.