fiction

   “Get off me. Your body is too hot.” He yelled and shoved her so hard she fell off the bed onto the hard wood floor. The fierce tone of his voice was ugly and shook her awake in the middle of one of the hottest nights in...

   He hasn’t seen me in a few months. So glad, he says, I have come in, finally.  The Korean clerk behind the dry cleaner’s counter thinks he is in for a happy chat today when I come in to pick up my husband’s...

    It was a smoldering hot day. Everything was frying slowly. The common term for that kind of day is “oppressive.”
     Madeline, Diane, and I climbed into the slick black leather section...

   Selma changed her name to Havana when she was 10. Both her parents had drowned off the coast of Cuba, trying to reach Miami and give their baby a decent start at life. Miraculously, she survived the boat’s capsizing by...

Part Two
   There’s a party tonight and Sandy can’t decide what to put on, it’s been months since she’s been out. Oh, she’s been to work . . . it’s work that has saved her....

   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 e-mail their pieces (in...

   Furniture and furnishings, Chinoiserie and tchotchkes, jewelry when she can find it, Sandy’s shop, Mixed Bag, has become the mainstay of her life. Lovers come and go but armoires are forever. That’s the beauty of the...

   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 e-mail their pieces (in...

   The pain of looking at him strapped down on the hospital bed was almost too much to bear. Tubes and wires running from his nose, mouth, and arms connected him to various bottles, electronic devices, and, it seemed, even to the wall...