fiction

After I graduated “stew school” at Capitol International Airways on June 18, 1971, I got to fly all over the world. It was during the glamour days of flying — little white gloves, shoulder-padded blue skirt suits, coiffed hairdos,...

Bob and Carol Goodman had taken their summer vacations down on the Jersey Shore for the past several years. It was always a pleasant time with their three children. This year, however, on the suggestion of a mutual friend, they were thinking of...
The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Authors can email their pieces (in text or Word format) to submissions@ehstar....

A long, exposed T-beam cut the room in half and was covered in tacked-on dollar bills. “K+D, WANY” was written on one in thick black Sharpie. All of the other bills were covered in similar markings of blue or black ink.

Wednesday, January 28, at 8 a.m., after excavating the last chunk of formidable plow wake at the end of your driveway, you’re once again conferred the privilege of taking your wheels out on the neighborhood for a — thankfully we’re...

Part Two My husband and I never missed a rent payment. The money was always deducted from our checking account by the landlord. Eight months into my pregnancy with the twins, maternity clothes sized in extra large no longer fit me. My bottom half...

I heard a joke a long time ago that reminds me of my mother. It goes like this: Two cannibals are eating a clown and one says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?” I could never decide whether I was the cannibal, sitting with...
The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Authors can either email their pieces (in text or Word format) to submissions@...

Paul gave me a good old-fashioned radio for Christmas this year. My request. I love the idea of turning on the radio and having NPR or a local station for my audio backdrop as I putter about.