Category: Fiction

  • Just for Fun

    For freedom to express political opinions publicly, no place in Chicago was better known in the 1940s than Bug House Square (officially, Washington Square).

  • In a Brown Paper Bag

    During the late forties, the Starlight Bowling Alley over on Lincoln Avenue, across from the Biograph Theater and above the A&P, was a thriving business.

  • Lids

    But don’t leave the toilet seat up when you finish, she said. He hesitated on his way to the bathroom, following the pointed direction of her finger to a hallway.

  • Evalina, The Edgartown Pig

    This story is based on a true event.

    Evalina was a very young pig but a pig nevertheless. She lived with her mother and siblings in a pen in the Malley’s backyard on Martha’s Vineyard.

  • The Same But Different

    Union Station was congested with trains when I finally returned to Chicago for good. In many ways, the three years I had been away seemed like a lifetime.

  • Vagabond

    The smoldering butt dangled from her lips like the dripping tongue of a panting dog. From behind the smoke screen, and a beehive of blue hair, a gravelly voice uttered the words, “What’s your poison?”
    Now, I’m not expecting to be able to eat off the floor of this greasy spoon, but, hey, maybe the spoon.

  • Aunt Eunice Comes to Town

    You can’t even begin to imagine the intense anxiety my mother and I felt when a telegram arrived while we were eating supper. We’d never received a telegram before, ever.